Workshop Overview: "Support before and after a Death" in Partnership with the Cancer Council WA
While we are aware that ‘death and loss come to all of us’, humans spend most of their time focused on living life. When confronted with the certainty of an impending death or the news of an illness that is certain to bring death, life takes on a very different focus.
This workshop pays attention to supporting those living with death or loss on their immediate horizon and introduces the concept of ‘living into loss’, which involves giving acknowledgement to both the grief or losses as they occur and finding ways to embrace the parts of life that still exist. Consideration will be given to the impact of working with the dying on support professionals themselves. Ways to assist people to prepare for the death or loss when it occurs will also be covered in this workshop.
Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• Describe what is meant by anticipatory grief, in light of current theory and practice in the field of grief counselling
• Identify a range of strategies that can be used to support people before and after death
• Apply the concept of ‘living into loss’ when working with grieving individuals
• Be aware of how anticipatory grief can impact on professionals working in the field
Presenter Bio: Josephine Hudson, BA(SocSc), MHlthCouns, Cert.Global Mental Health (Harvard)
Josephine is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, clinical and management supervisor, manager, trainer and educator. She has over 35 years’ experience in the health profession and qualifications and training in counselling, clinical supervision, sociology and anthropology, and nursing.
Josephine has worked in Western Australia and the United Kingdom in palliative care/hospice, the community setting, private pracitce and the university sector; she has extensive clinical experience working with both adults and children.
She has been a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years and combined working in the university sector and private practice for over a decade. Josephine was the Program Director of three university postgraduate programs, including a Master of Counselling program, training counselling clinicians, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a Graduate Diploma in Coaching for six years (2007 – 2012).
She has extensive clinical experience working with both adults and children working with systems; palliative care; trauma; loss, grief and bereavement; suicide postvention; separation; chronic illness; life-limiting illness; anxiety and depression; stress management; clinical and management supervision.
She has been very active in the profession and has held a number of external portfolios and memberships including Past Chair of the Expert Reference Group for the Suicide Postvention Project (ARBOR) for the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and the Dept of Health and Ageing in WA; and Past Chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Association of WA.
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