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Grief Happens: Psychotherapy and Grief Counselling

Grief Happens: Psychotherapy and Grief Counselling

Grief is an experience that people will encounter sometime in their lifetime. As a result of the number losses due to HIV/AIDS, cancer, or Veteran’s returning home from war with disabilities, and impact daily life experiences and transactions, the request for grief counselling or counsellors who are competent in working with grieving clients will be on the rise. Therefore, the need for grief counsellors or counsellors who are competent in working with clients that are experiencing grief is also on the rise (Marshall, 2006; Papa, Neria, & Litz, 2008).

Collier (2011) stated that 10-15% of individuals struggle to adjust to the loss of a loved one. Howarth (2011) stated that the lack of effective grief counselling may have negative consequences for a client such as their grief reactions becoming more painful and debilitating. According to Neimeyer and Currier (2009), many people deal with debilitating grief that prevents them from having joy or purpose in their lives and that leaves them unable to engage in positive opportunities or relationships. The rational for this proposal is for attendees to examine their own perceptions of if they have been adequately trained in identifying clients’ presenting grief issues, and in providing grief counselling to clients in need.

Grief is an individual’s unique journey; however, race, ethnicity, gender, disability/ability, socioeconomic status, marital status, religious preference, culture, geographic location, and/or age will be discussed on how it may contribute to the grieving process. Addressing diversity and acknowledging diversity is an important component in grief integration.

Speakers: Jane Wood
Areas of Interest / Categories: Disabilities, Grief, HIV, War


Working Clinically with Refugees Survivors of Traumatic and Prolonged Grief: Nadeem’s Story

Prolonged Grief Among Refugees: From Research to Clinical Implications and Treatment

Salient Isolation: Anguish Experienced by Muslims who are Bereaved by Suicide.

Community based programs: Developing narratives of strength and capacity

Civilian populations living in or near combat zones suffer profound trauma and loss and as fighting ends, face immense challenges in post war recovery. Relief and aid, desperately needed, come from many quarters. Those who have suffered also need opportunities to be active players in their own recovery, calling on their own strengths and capacities in the service of repairing damage and building a preferred future.

OmSorg (dealing with bereavement) helping bereaved children coping with their grief through participation in training groups

Every year more than 3,000 Danish children under the age of 18 experience the loss of a parent by death. Another 42,OOO children experience that their mum or dad is acutely hospitalized with a severe illness. One of the basic conditions in working with children in loss and grief is that the responsible adult person involved in the child's unbearable situation makes space for the child to be heard, seen and understood. The key to this work is to denounce the part of our upbringing that taught us that silence is golden. Grief is not an illness, but on the contrary a very tough condition of life. lf we realise that SPEECH is golden, we can help the child continue life in spite of the wounds in the soul that a big grief causes.

Psychosocial approach in work with families of missing persons.

The problem of finding and identifying missing persons from the war in Bosnia Herzegovina  (1992-95) remains one of the most painful consequences of the conflict. Around 13.000 people are still considered missing. The suffering experienced by the families of missing persons can be viewed as a kind of torture, and therefore considered as a serious violation of human rights. This paper presents findings from a 2 year project working with 20 women with missing family members. Group work was conducted with 20 women at the location where their trauma occurred over a 2 year period.

OmSorg (Dealing with Bereavement) A child’s grief is an adult responsibility – lessons learned from the implementation of action plans in all Danish schools and kindergardens

For more than 13 years the project OmSorg (Dealing with Bereavement) has been a nationwide practical founded school and kindergarten based intervention towards children (age: 0 - 18) in loss and grief. The aim is to inspire and support teachers and kindergarten staff in attending the difficult matters concerning responsible adult help to grieving children. This is done by offering educational materials, giving lectures, consultation and courses, establishing training groups for bereaved children and by political lobbyism. One of the basic conditions in working with children in loss and grief is that the teachers share a common approach on what their basic responsibilities are.