In a Dark Wood – Working with people experiencing Bereavement and Loss
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In a Dark Wood – Working with people experiencing Bereavement and Loss

A workshop exploring themes of loss and bereavement with space to explore creative responses to loss using writing and literature.

‘I found myself within a dark wood
                      Where the straight way was lost…’
                                                          Dante The Divine Comedy: Inferno

‘Grief needs to be articulated
in order to survive it…’

                           Poet, Rebecca Goss

‘…any sensible person knows grief
is a long-term project…’
                                                                     Max Porter Grief is a Thing with Feathers

A one day workshop led by Sue Mayfield exploring themes of loss and bereavement.

The workshop will consider:

  • The multiplicity of ways that people grieve
  • The emotional and physiological impact of loss
  • The process of grieving
  • Defence mechanisms and the avoidance of grief
  • Links between un-mourned loss and depression
  • How to work clinically with bereaved clients

Although the course will focus chiefly on loss through death, other losses such as major life-change, illness or the end of a relationship will also be discussed.

The day will combine theory with reflective exercises, case-studies (both real and fictional) and group discussion.  There will also be space to explore creative responses to loss using writing, literature and images.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own clinical material for reflection.

Theory will cover:

  • Elizabeth Kübler-Ross and current thinking about ‘stages’ of grieving
  • Freud’s Mourning and Melancholia
  • Attachment and Grief  – Kosminsky and Jordan

Consideration will be given to how, as therapists, we can work mindfully with clients, respectful of our own losses and their impact on us as practitioners. We will also think about self-care and the prevention of therapist burn-out.

This workshop is facilitated by Sue Mayfield and provides 6 hours of CPD.

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Please note, our training room is on the first floor and is accessed by stairs.     If you have any special requirements, or if you need to advise us of anything before booking or attending the training, then please contact us.


Jesmond Therapy Centre, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
7 Holly Avenue West, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2 2AR United Kingdom
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0191 281 2167

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