This workshop entitled ‘Grief and Loss In Clinical Practice: Adolescents’ was conducted for a Private Counselling Agency in Cardiff in April 2018. The workshop embraced the themes of grief and mourning, concepts of grief and the goals of grief counselling, the completion of mourning and how we get there alongside consideration of the variety of losses which can be experienced (including tangible, assumptive, developmental and deprivation). Normal and complicated grief responses, mediators of mourning and key clinical approaches to working with grief were explained. All of this thinking around grief was folded into thinking about the particular needs, presentations and developmental stages of adolescents.

Training/Agenda items include:

  • Grief and mourning.
  • Concepts of grief and the goals of grief counselling.
  • The completion of mourning and how we get there?
  • Types of losses: Tangible, Assumptive world/future paced, Developmental, Deprivation, Loss of childhood.
  • Difficulties particular to adolescence.
  • Normal grief reactions re: Thoughts/cognitions, Feelings/emotions, Behaviours.
  • Mediators of mourning.
  • Counselling principles and procedures.
  • The vicarious effects of working with grief and loss.
  • Case study examples.
  • Conclusions.

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