Workshop Overview: Understanding and Responding to Prolonged Grief Disorder in Partnership with the Cancer Council WA
Prolonged grief is generally defined as intense grief which lasts for more than six months. This intense feeling of grief can have serious negative health consequences.
This workshop will provide an understanding of the presentation of PGD and to implement interventions to support those with PGD. The workshop is aimed at practitioners who currently work within grief and bereavement counselling.
Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Understand the symptoms and clinical presentation of Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD)
- Describe the proposed mechanisms thought to underpin PGD
- Determine the differences and similarities between PGD, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Identify and implement tailored interventions designed specifically for treatment of PGD
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.