This one-day workshop utilises a combination of theoretical input, filmed examples, and interactive exercises in considering the implications of grief in its various forms for family members and for family functioning generally.

The family therapy literature (with a very few exceptions) has not attended well to issues of loss and grief, while the grief literature is, by and large, focused on the individual. This workshop seeks to bring together information and understanding from both.

This is not just about bereavement grief, but the impact of families of the grief associated with experiences such as mental illness, disability such as acquired brain injury, chronic illness, and the many other life events which lead to non-finite (disenfranchised) grief.

This event will cover:

  • gain a conceptual knowledge of frameworks for understanding and working with families experiencing loss and grief
  • develop an understanding of the concepts of disenfranchised grief and ambiguous loss
  • form ideas for tasks that can contribute to relational work in the area of loss and grief
  • develop a sense of what one brings to this work and of how to sustain oneself


  • Franca Butera–Prinzi (Team Leader (Community Services)) — The Bouverie Centre
  • Greg U’Ren (Family Therapist) — The Bouverie Centre

Eligibility criteria

Health and welfare professionals who engage with families and/ or are interested in working relationally with loss and grief.

Categories: Families & carers, Therapeutic theory & practice, Trauma informed care
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Lifespans: Child, Adolescent, Youth, Adult

Friday 3 December 2021
09:30 to 16:30
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Online - Live Stream (Zoom)

Specific location and venue confirmed by provider upon registration.

The course cost is inc. GST

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