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Building Creative Resilience: Inspirations about Loss and Change from Older Adults

Course overview:

Is it possible to be open, curious and willing to stop and reflect when life unfolds with unexpected and traumatic blows? How do we do this creatively and mindfully when we are in survival mode and  just holding onto life itself, moment by moment?


We know from life experience and from research, that resilience only develops when we are tested with life’s challenges. In this course you will be able to harness your own way of building resilience through creative processes and link this to resilience theory and frameworks.


The word resilience is commonly used to mean an ability to recover and bounce back from setbacks. It is also about learning to live through pain, loss and change in such a way to  be positively  strengthened. The resilient person is able to make sense out of what has happened to them and thereby become wiser. Creativity can play a key role in building resilience.


In this 3 hour workshop, hear Beate Steller’s lessons in resilience building after her many years working with older people who often have lost much in their lives when they moved into Residential Aged Care. She will also demonstrate effective practices in building creative resilience developed from her Master’s research (2019), Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation Groups and its Relevance to Wellbeing and Spiritual Growth.


The four themes that emerged in her research will be experienced in creative ways to harness and build creative resilience. These themes and their practical application can be beneficial to all age groups. Counsellors, group leaders and case workers could can benefit from learning to apply these themes with their clients and also applying them in their personal lives. These themes are:

  1. Meaningfully connecting and sharing
  2. Being supported in a reflective and safe space
  3. Practicing mindfulness meditation
  4. And practicing and expressing gratitude.

You will also learn positive psychology resilience exercises from Dr Lucy Hone- resilience expert - and many lessons she has learned from wise old people.

You will have the opportunity to:


  • Recognize the key elements that build resilience
  • Understand how change and loss go hand in hand with building resilience
  • Have reviewed current research linking creative processes to resilience building
  • Learn positive psychology resilience exercises
  • Assist adults managing loss, grief and trauma with practical interventions to build resilience

Please note, this is a LIVE and INTERACTIVE training event. We don't record this.

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentation
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Live demonstrations of methods
  • Art making opportunities
  • Structured role play experience
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods
  • Watching multimedia film clips

Who Should Attend?

Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, bereavement counsellors, aged care workers, diversional therapists, case workers, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. No artistic experience or skill is necessary. 

Workshop Facilitator

Beate Steller- Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Counsellor, M.A.P.S., M.Ed. (Adult Ed), BSW (Hon)

Beate brings over 30 years of experience of training and social work specialising in grief and loss education/counselling, transition counselling and applied mindfulness. She knows the personal and professional benefits of creative therapy practices that she skilfully shares.



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Special Price $150 

Workshop Details:

  • 3 CPD hours
  • Access to slides and link to create Certificate of Attendance
  • GST

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