Working with Bereaved Clients: an Overview of Theory and Practice for Therapists – Clare Price


Date: July 1st 2021
Location: Live via Zoom*
Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm GMT (+1) / 6:00am – 1:00pm EDT / 3:00am – 10:00am PDT
CPD/CE credits: 6
Speaker: Clare Price
Price: £99 GBP / $135 USD

*This training will be recorded. The link to the recording will be made available for 90 days following the live event.

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The CPD/CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Course Outline:

Grief following a bereavement is a challenging yet ‘normal’ human experience. However, grief can often feel anything but ‘normal’. Our clients may seek us out directly for support following a bereavement. Alternatively, the impact of a significant bereavement may unfold during our work with clients who have accessed therapy for other reasons.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have become acutely aware of loss and bereavement. As with any traumatic event, as the pandemic eases, it has been predicted that more people will come forward for support around loss and bereavement and may be more likely to experience complex grief. The idea of ‘complex grief’ assumes that some grief is more challenging than others. Others would argue that all grief complex. ‘Prolonged grief disorder’ is now a diagnostic category within the DSM-V and ICD-11. Does this help or hinder our clients and our work? Can we grieve for ‘too long’?

This training is designed for therapists who would like to feel more confident in working with bereaved clients. The day will provide an overview of both theory and practice in this area. There will be a mixture of presentations from Clare with individual and breakout room exercises, to facilitate reflection and learning.

During the day we will explore the experience of grief following a bereavement, considering both the unique experience of grief, and commonalities presented within models of grief. Having considered the theory of grief following bereavement, we will explore what therapy might look like practically at different points on the client’s journey and the interventions available to us. We will also consider self-care and how we support others, when we ourselves may also be experiencing loss.

Learning Objectives:

  • To reflect on our understanding of bereavement and grief, especially during this difficult time of untimely deaths from Covid-19
  • To explore different types of bereavement
  • To gain an overview of bereavement theory and models, considering the usefulness of linear and non-linear models of grief
  • To understand the concept of ‘complex’ grief and consider the arguments ‘for and against’ this conceptualisation.
  • To contrast bereavement theory with the unique experience of grief
  • To explore what type of approaches can be helpful at different points in the client’s journey.
  • To come away with some practical approaches / tools
  • To consider our own self-care

Speaker Information

Clare Price, MBACP, MSc, PGDip. Counselling & Psychotherapy, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Clare is a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Bereavement Trainer. Clare runs a private counselling & psychotherapy practice, specialising in supporting clients following bereavement and following relational trauma. She is a bereavement trainer for two bereavement charities and volunteers for Cruse bereavement as a support worker and supervisor. Clare also works as a counsellor in a rape crisis centre. Before becoming a psychotherapist, Clare worked as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS in mental health, dementia services, learning disability services, care homes and in hospitals. She also worked for NHS England on their National End of Life Care Programme.

Clare has a passion for raising awareness in our society about death, dying and bereavement.

How to access our trainings?

1. Once you have booked a place for one of our trainings, you will receive a email confirming your order.

2. At least 24hrs prior to the start of training, you will receive an email containing the required details to enter the training. All trainings are held over Zoom.

3. If you are wanting to attend the training live, you then use these details to attend just before the specific start time.

4. However, if you are unable to attend the training live, a link to a recording of it will be emailed to you following the event. The recording is made available for 90 days after the live broadcast.

This means that it is not essential for the attendant to be present for the live training and one can refer back to the training if they wish within 90 days.

5. Within a week of the training, the training materials, including slides and notes, CPD certificate and feedback will be sent to you via Email.

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