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Love and Loss: Grief from the Perspective of Attachment Theory


Would you and your work benefit from knowing more about how people cope with grief and what accounts for individual differences in coping? Which factors determine whether someone is sailing through a loss experience or is having a lot of difficulties with it? You will find out how our relational styles, usually formed early in our lives, affect and shape our grief experiences. We will explore the connection between attachment styles and different grief patterns by focusing on death related loss in adult lives, which will enable you to relate in a more fine-tuned way to bereaved people.

Whilst there will be an overview of contemporary grief theories and concepts at the beginning of the day, there is a stronger focus on Attachment Theory and how it applies to working with grief and loss. This assumes prior basic knowledge of grief and loss theory.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how people cope with grief from the perspective of contemporary Grief Theories (Continuing Bonds, Dual Process Model)
  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between Attachment Theory, Continuing Bonds, and the Dual Process Model
  • Gain an overview of Attachment Theory, infant and adult attachment styles, and their measurement
  • Learn about connections between grief responses and attachment styles
  • Gain an overview of how attachment principles get applied in different settings
  • Explore how you can apply attachment principles in your work context

Who should attend?

Professionals working therapeutically with clients who are confronted with death and dying, and experiencing grief and loss issues, including social workers, psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, welfare workers, disabilty workers and aged care workers

Please note: Participants are expected to have some basic knowledge of grief and loss and attachment theory.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.