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Techniques of Grief Therapy. Creative Practices for Counseling the bereaved.

18/02/2016 - 09:00 tot 16:30

As contemporary models of bereavement have become more nuanced and empirically informed, so too have the practices available to grief counselors and therapists.  This two-day workshop offers in-depth training in several of these techniques, nesting them both within the therapy relationship and in the context of current theories and research that provide flexible frameworks for intervention.  Making extensive use of actual clinical videos as well as how-to instruction in the use a numerous therapeutic tools, we will discuss and practice several methods for helping clients integrate the reality of the loss into the ongoing story of their lives, while also reconstructing their continuing bond to their loved one.


Day 1:  Processing the Event Story of the Death

 Beginning with a discussion of the power of presence as a fundamental dimension of the therapeutic “holding environment,” we will consider how we can quickly assess our clients’ needs, particularly when they struggle with complicated, prolonged grief symptomatology.  We will then discuss how to foster a safe relational container for a healing “re-telling” of the loss experience, anchoring such work in both contemporary meaning reconstruction and dual process models and related research.  Drawing on clinical videos of clients contending with losses through cancer, sudden accident and suicide, we will learn to listen between the lines of the stories clients tell themselves and others about the death to grasp more fully the unvoiced meaning of their grief, and how we can help them integrate the event story of the death into the larger narrative of their lives.  Participants should conclude the session with sharpened skills for clinical assessment, a clearer appreciation for the challenge to meaning and spiritualty associated with violent death bereavement, and an expanded toolbox for using metaphor, body work and a variety of narrative procedures for helping clients make sense of the loss and their response to it.

 9:00 - 10:30    The Power of Presence:  Orienting to Client Needs and Resources
10:30 - 10:45   Break
10:45 - 12:15   Restorative Retelling:  Mastering the Narrative of the Death

12:15 - 1:15     Lunch

1:15 - 2:45      Analogical Listening:  Exploring Sensed Meanings of Grief
2:45-3:00        Break
3:00-4:30        Chapters of Our Lives:  Rewriting Stories of Loss         


Day 2:  Accessing the Back Story of the Relationship

Death may end a life, but not necessarily a relationship.  Drawing on attachment-informed and two-track models of bereavement, we will begin by considering grieving as a process of reconstructing rather than relinquishing our bonds with those who have died, and the circumstances that can interfere with this natural process.  Clinical videos bearing on the death of parents, children and spouses will sensitize participants to various impediments to revisiting and reorganizing the “back story” of the ongoing relationship with the deceased, as well as to several techniques that can help move such work forward.  Creative narrative, emotion-focused and performative methods will be presented and practiced for re-introducing the deceased into the social and psychological world of the bereaved, fostering a sustaining sense of connection and alliance with the loved one in embracing a changed future, and working through issues of guilt, anger and abandonment triggered by the death and the shared life that preceded it.  Participants will leave with several tools for assessing “pro-symptom positions” that complicate grieving, helping clients appreciate the role of the loved one in their construction of their own identities, and re-accessing and revising frozen dialogues with the deceased that hamper post-loss adaptation.

9:00 - 10:30    Continuing Bonds:  Tracking Through Bereavement
10:30 - 10:45   Break
10:45 - 12:15   Remembering Conversations:  Re-introducing the Deceased

12:1 5- 1:15     Lunch

1:15 - 2:45       Encountering Resistance:  Working with Pro-symptom Positions
2:45 - 3:00       Break
3:00 - 4:30       Enacting Emotion:  Reopening Dialogues with the Dead         

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Andere opleidingsdagen: 
19/02/2016 - 09:00 tot 16:30

Kostprijs: Inschrijving tot 31/12/2015 :
125 eur voor 1 dag  
200 eur voor 2 dagen
(koffie en broodjeslunch is in de kostprijs inbegrepen)

LET OP : Inschrijving van 01/01/2016 t/m 31/01/2016 :
150 eur voor 1 dag  
250 eur voor 2 dagen
 (koffie en broodjeslunch is in de kostprijs inbegrepen)

Inschrijven kan uitsluitend via mail : info.context [at] uc-kortenberg.be aangevuld door een storting van het inschrijvingsbedrag



Robert A Neimeyer
is Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has published 27 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved and Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning (both with Routledge), and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of over 400 articles and book chapters, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process, both in his published work and through his frequent professional workshops for national and international audiences. The recipient of the MISS Foundation’s Phoenix Award: Rising to the Service of Humanity, Neimeyer served as Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement and President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

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