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Beyond phases stages and tasks – working with newer theories on grief in the therapeutic space- Athlone

Event Details
Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co Westmeath
9:30am - 4:30pm

The workshop will take place on Saturday 21 September 2019 in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co Westmeath. 

Main focus of the session will be drawing on participants’ experience of working with grief and loss to help to identify and integrate contemporary theory. This will include identifying grieving styles using the Grief Pattern Inventory (Doka & Martin, 2000) and providing the appropriate support according to the needs of these styles.  There will also be information to aid the therapist to determine whether their client(s) is/are at risk of developing a disorder as their grief trajectory may have become derailed.

For more information and to book your place, please contact Lisa O’Hara on 087-3936536 or email

Please note, this is an external training, awarded at 6 IACP CPD points.

9.30 am – 10 am         Introduction and outline of session

10 am – 10.30 am      An overview of Grief

-          The experience of empathy

-          Grief exercise

10.30am – 11am       Review of Phases, Stages and Tasks of Grief

11am – 11.30            Coffee

11.30am – 12noon   Introduction to current thinking on Grief

  • Meaning Making
  • Continuing Bonds
  • Dual Process Model

12noon – 1pm           Adaptive Grieving Styles

1pm – 2pm               Lunch

2pm – 3pm              The Disenfranchised Grief experience

3pm – 3.45pm          Getting grief right – working with it in therapy

  • When grief becomes complicated
  • Group exercise and discussion

3.45pm – 4.30pm      Learnings from the session and Close

Presenter bio:

Lisa O'Hara

As a graduate from RCSI with an MSc in Bereavement Studies, Lisa works with clients who are struggling to come to terms with loss that can range from bereavement (including infant loss), separation and divorce, illness, job and role loss, through to ageing and retirement, etc. As an experienced therapist, she has also created and delivered training & development programmes for both professionals and the public.

She has a particular interest in grief and loss which is arguably the cornerstone of all therapy and has already delivered/facilitated workshops with therapists on the subject in 2017.

A regular media contributor, Lisa is the author of ‘When A Relationship Ends – Surviving the Emotional Rollercoaster of Separation’ (Orpen Press) that addresses the fallout of separation and provides a useful guide for picking up the pieces and moving on.


Full refunds (minus a 25 processing fee) will be made for cancellations made prior to Friday 6 September 2019. There will be no refunds made for cancellations after that date.  In the event of the workshop being cancelled by the organisers, a full refund will be issued.

Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided on the IACP website event calendar, the IACP cannot accept any responsibility or liability for information provided by outside organisations.
Please note this is not an IACP run event.

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