Special Event: National Loss & Grief Awareness Week 2011

Change A Universal Human Experience: Managing the impact of loss, grief and trauma

This workshop will elaborate on change as a model for understanding the normality of grief and how it is associated with life not just simply death. In the post modern environment there are new directions in grief and bereavement research which are informing our clinical practice. The psychoanalytic view that grief work means the severing of bonds to the deceased is being challenged and the notion of ‘continuing bonds' is finding ready acceptance as are other grief models. The workshop will show how traumatic incidents shatter one's assumptive world and the need to deal with the trauma before dealing with the grief. In the case of families of missing persons the workshop will show how using a grief model in counselling is problematic.
The workshop will involve power point presentations, small group discussion, and case study material. Notes will be provided with an extensive reference list


Dr Geoffrey Glassock

Geoffrey Glassock is a Counselling Psychologist with initial training in Marriage and Family Counselling before becoming involved with issues of loss and grief following the Granville train disaster in 1977. In that year the National Association for Loss and Grief was established and Geoffrey has been involved with the Association since its inception. He is a life member. He is one of a small group in Australia who pioneered education and training in loss and grief. This has involved him in consultancy work and training with schools, hospitals universities, non-government agencies and the community at large.

Geoff is known internationally for his work and has contributed to many national and international conferences. In the late 80s Geoffrey was the first Australian to be invited to membership of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. He has held senior academic appointments in education and nursing at the University of Sydney and worked in hospice/palliative care in Australia, South Africa and the UK. His current research interest is in Traumatic Loss; Understanding the grief experience of families of missing persons. He is Chairperson of the APS College of Counselling Psychology NSW. On Australia Day 2010 Geoffrey was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for his work nationally and internationally in the area of grief and bereavement and the Anglican Church.

Melbourne, Queen Victoria Women's Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Tuesday August 30th

9.30am - 4.30pm

$120 NALAG Members/$160 Non Members

To register

5 OPD/CPD points

Morning and afternoon refreshments provided (BYO lunch or purchase from food court downstairs)

This workshop is for people who support those who have experienced traumatic loss, including counselling professionals (and students) such as counsellors, psychologists, social workers, famly therapists, those who work in the justice system, court system, welfare system and police and emergency services.