Spirituality/Culture and Transcultural Role in Bereavement

Spirituality/Culture and Transcultural Role in Bereavement
Type: Workshop
Location: Mulgrave, Victoria
Presenter: Michal deWilloughby


It is only through knowing ourselves that we can be authentically in relationship with others. Ironically, it is only through relationship with others that we can know ourselves. (Otto Rank)

In the field of grief and bereavement, it comes as no surprise that spirituality and religion can play an important role in the healing process of bereaved individuals. While there are some researchers who remain conflicted as to whether spirituality/religion is beneficial to a client’s mental health, many studies report that there are more positive effects of having any form of spirituality than not (Becker, Xander, Blum et al., 2007). This workshop’s aim is to explore from both a mindful and experiential focus; the subjects of spirituality/religion and transilience in the context of bereavement support. Part of this exploration will be to take into consideration May’s (1999) notion that ‘we are so divorced from ourselves, because our own world is left out of the picture’. Participants will also have time to practise and contemplate their own, and their clients’, belief systems in the context of holistic bereavement support.

Designed for

Professionals working with those experiencing grief and bereavement, such as counsellors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, teachers, pastoral care workers and other allied health professionals.


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will understand experientially:

  • how recent literature and research substantiates the importance of working with a client’s spiritual worldview,

  • how both the counsellor and client are not separate elements, but are interconnected in the therapeutic relationship,

  • how to invite the cooperation of the unconscious of clients from many forms of spiritual faiths and backgrounds,

  • the idea of the therapist being a co-explorer who helps the client discover the reality of meanings and meaning potentials as they move ‘transiliently’ through their grief journey.



Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
253 Wellington Road, Mulgrave VIC 3170


Michal deWilloughby

BA (Couns), MPsychotherapy&Couns, SpecPostGradTrainingMBCPT, VocGradCertBerCouns&Int , CertIVTAE

Michal has trained extensively in the field of psychotherapy and counselling, and has been working with therapeutic groups and one-to-one counselling since 2003. She specialises in trauma (extreme stress), trauma (grief and loss), and bereavement counselling and intervention, with her therapeutic background being one of an existential mindfulness-based somatic therapy. Michal also has broad experience in training and educating adults in counselling and group work. Michal is currently a Specialist Bereavement Counsellor, Support Groups Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor, and an Educator within the education program at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement. In her role as Educator, Michal has delivered customised workplace training, university lectures and professional development workshops.

28/03/2017 9:30 AM - 28/03/2017 4:30 PM
253 Wellington Road
Mulgrave, VIC 3170

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