September Intake: Ability, Ageing and Dementia

Self-Paced Course Overview

When a family member is diagnosed with a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s likely that the losses have already begun some time before. Stretching ahead of family members and the person themselves is an uncertain future littered with loss and grief that both comes and goes and comes and stays.

This online short course will take participants through an exploration of the many facets of grief experienced by those affected by decrease in abilities, an increase in age and/or dementia. We will consider the different needs of both the families/carers and the person themselves. Strategies will be offered to help people who support these families to engage in an active grieving process that acknowledges the losses experienced and the life of their loved one.

Learning Outcomes

Following this self-paced course, participants are able to:

  • Understand the varied losses associated with a decrease in abilities and increases in ageing and/or dementia.
  • Apply grief and loss theory to implement support for family members affected by disability, ageing and/or dementia
  • Analyse strategies that allow active engagement with the grief experienced by individuals with decreasing abilities, increased ageing and/or dementia.
  • Evaluate some simple communication tools to be able to work directly with individuals who are living with dementia and acknowledge their grief. 

Presenter Bio

Margaret Sealey

Margaret Sealey (PhD) is a Counsellor, educator, researcher and thanatologist who has worked with vulnerable populations in health settings (palliative care and oncology in particular) for 20 years. During this time she worked at various hospices, the Cancer Council WA, Motor Neurone Disease WA and Alzheimer’s Australia WA supporting clients and family members facing life-limiting illness and dementia.

With a previous background as a Registered Nurse, she has undertaken a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and postgraduate studies in Counselling. Her PhD research developed a bereavement risk assessment model for use in palliative care using action research.

Margaret is Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement, a member of the Association of Death Education & Counselling (ADEC), the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB), and Palliative Care WA (PCWA). She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), providing education in grief, loss and dementia to people affected by the loss as well as the workforce sector. Presently she is a lecturer in the Discipline of Counselling at Murdoch University.

Self-Paced Course Details


Intake Starts: Monday 29 August 2022

Intake Ends: Sunday 25 September 2022

Registration will remain open until Friday 2nd September 2022


  • Member $295.00
  • Non-Member $345.00

Post-Purchase Information 

  • Once you have enrolled, you will receive an automated confirmation email 
  • The Thursday before the course starts, you will receive a welcome email and access to our learning platform along with your credentials. 
  • During the intake period, you will have access to the module and are required to complete the course content and online assessment before the end date. 
  • 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 Course

Course's and the follow up email may contain links that lead to external websites to ACGB. ACGB have 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 course slides
- Journal articles
- Templates or other documents

All course-related materials remain copyrighted of 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. 

29/08/2022 9:00 AM - 25/09/2022 11:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
Self-paced Course

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