The family therapy literature (with 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 one-day course seeks to bring together information and understanding from both. This is not just about bereavement grief, but the impact on 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.

The course 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.

This event will cover:

  • Gain a conceptual knowledge of frameworks for understanding and working with families experiencing loss and grief
  • Understand 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 you can bring to this work and how to sustain yourself


  • Franca Butera–Prinzi (Social worker, Family Therapist and Trainer) — The Bouverie Centre
  • Greg U’Ren (Family Therapist and Trainer) — 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: Therapeutic theory & practice, Trauma informed care
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Medical, Nursing, Other
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Lifespans: Infant, Child, Adolescent, Youth, Adult, Older Persons

Thursday 24 November 2022
09:30 to 16:30
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