Feb Intake: Supporting Children Experiencing Grief and Loss

Feb Intake: Supporting Children Experiencing Grief and Loss

Online Workshop Overview

Supporting anyone in grief can be difficult, and this is especially so when it’s a child. A child’s developmental understanding of death impacts their expressions and experience of grief. However, just like us adults, children think, feel, act, and react to grief in their unique ways. This introductory workshop delivers basic theory and practical skills to help professionals develop a framework for supporting and journeying alongside grieving children. 

Through an interactive, safe learning environment, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions, case examples and practice activities.  You will engage in a range of effective practical support strategies and creative interventions that will help build your confidence in working effectively with grieving children. These practical interventions can then form part of your very own therapeutic toolkit.

This is an advanced workshop designed for counsellors, psychologists, social workers and bereavement counsellors. 

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshop, participants will

  • Understand grief and loss theory as it impacts upon the lives of children
  • Identify the impact and developmental needs of grieving children and appreciate children's concepts of death and how this impacts the grief process at different stages
  • Identify effective strategies when providing support to grieving children 

Presenter Bio

Presenter Name : Jackie Tarabay and Bianca Lavorgna

Jackie Tarabay

BCouns; GradCertBerCouns CBP; Cert1VTAE; CBP; Assessment

Jackie Tarabay is a Specialist Bereavement Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, Trainer and Groups Coordinator at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB). Jackie provides individual counselling to children, adolescents and adults and has years of experience coordinating various support groups, including the facilitation of the Kids Grieve Too (KG2) program. Jackie also creates and delivers workshops, programs and customised training.

Jackie’s therapeutic philosophy toward grief and loss is based on a client lead approach where every person is seen as unique, grieving in their own way and their own time. Jackie focuses on the core qualities of genuineness, empathy and unconditional positive regard in supporting the bereaved. Jackie advocates creating a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental environment to help integrate loss in a way that is both effective and personal. 

Jackie has presented talks at the ACGB National Conference, Australasian Cemetery and Crematorium Association (ACCA), and Good Life Good Death Expo and was a member of the focus group for Palliative Care Australia (PCA). Jackie’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Counselling, a Master Practitioner Certificate in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Diploma of Shamanic Studies, Clinical Supervision and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment. Jackie also has studied in a host of other areas including psychotherapy, grief and loss, drama and personal development.

Bianca Lavorgna

Bianca is a Bereavement Counsellor, Educator, Supervisor and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer with expertise in the development, delivery and coordination of support services and programs. Bianca comes with specialist knowledge and experience in working with companion animal loss, children and adolescents. She is the co-author of The Yellow Leaf, a children's book that aims to help families to understand that grief is not linear and that there is no perfect way to grieve. Bianca is passionate about providing bereavement support, advocacy and education within the community. She holds a Master's in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Australian College of Applied Psychology with a Graduate Qualification in Bereavement Counselling from the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

Workshop Details


Session one: Wednesday 16th February 2022

Session two: Thursday 17th February 2022


Session One & Session Two   

Victoria: 9.30am - 12.30pm AEDT
New South Wales: 9.30am - 12.30pm AEDT
Tasmania: 9.30am - 12.30pm AEDT
South Australia: 9.00am - 12.00pm ACDT
Queensland: 8.30am - 11.30am AEST
Northern Territory: 8.00am - 11.00am ACST
Western Australia: 6.30am - 9.30am AWST

Workshop Materials: 

The Presenter has requested you have the following available with you so you can participate in the practical elements of the workshop.


  • Member $395.00
  • Non-Member $450.00

Post-Purchase Information 

  • Once you have enrolled, you will receive an automated confirmation email 
  • One week before the workshop start date, you will receive the zoom links for the live sessions. 
  • The email address that you register with, is the email address that will be registered for the zoom sessions.
  • The workshops will not be recorded and it is essential that you attend live. You will need access to a strong internet connection, a microphone and a camera. 
  • Please ensure that you bring along any required materials stated on the registration page to the workshop
  • For any further information, please get in touch with [email protected] 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reserves the right to cancel education programs that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case ACGB will refund all fees.

Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the Centre. Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days before the event date will be refunded less 25% of the registration fee to cover administration costs.

No registration refunds will be made after this date. Please note: The total invoiced amount will still be payable in the event of non-attendance on the day.

Terms and Conditions 

1. Intellectual Property 

ACGB's program and program content are copyrighted. Its use and dissemination are restricted and unauthorised duplication is prohibited. A copy of the course presentation will be available after the course and is for personal/non-commercial use only. The content is not to be modified or republished in any way without the prior consent of ACGB and the presenter. Any breach of copyright, including the recording of the presentation or any unauthorised use of the material, may lead to legal action. 

2. Links and Material From the Workshop

Workshops and the follow-up email may contain links that lead to external websites to ACGB. ACGB has no control of these websites and ACGB makes no representations about the accuracy of the information contained on these websites. ACGB is not liable for the content on these websites. The presenter may also provide further reference materials for your use after the course. These may include (but are not limited to):

- A copy of the workshop slides
- Journal articles
- Templates or other documents

All workshop-related materials remain copyrighted by ACGB and the presenter. They must not be distributed to any third party at any time or in any form without written permission from ACGB. 

3. Registration

Viewers agree to use the product under the purchase agreement terms, which restrict number of viewers based on registration type. 
Individual Registration:
Provides one person, the registrant, access to the course or recording for personal viewing only. 

Multi-viewer (Group) Registration
To organise multi-viewer registration, you must contact the Centre via email: [email protected] or phone 03 9265 2100. Groups purchasing multi-viewer and individual registration will need to provide first and last name and an email address of all those who will be participating in the course. 

16/02/2022 - 17/02/2022
Online Workshop AUSTRALIA

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