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Sydney Centre for Creative Change

is a leading provider of continuing professional development in creative therapies in Australia.

Creating Continuing Bonds: Creative Processes for Managing Loss and Grief



amazing experience

comforting atmosphere and environment 

relaxed, safe space to explore this topic

hands-on activities very helpful in understanding processes 

Sorry to say we have temporary problems with our payment gateway but you can register over the phone  - please call 0411 209 802



I’ve always thought of continuing bonds as an ‘a-ha’ grief concept.



Course Overview:

Appreciate why push to “let go”, to “get over your loss” and to “move on” has finally been accepted as unhelpful strategies when working through loss and grief. The Continuing Bonds Theory (Klass , Silverman & Nickman 1996) has  paved new understandings for the importance of connecting with ones’ loss  and developing a new relationship with the loss. Although physically absent the loved one remains present in the life of the bereaved.

This one day workshop will explore this Continuing Bonds Theory of loss and grief. You will have opportunities to creatively experience the skills of connecting to our loss through creative expressions such as art and creative writing. No experience in art is necessary, however an openness to creative processes is encouraged. At the end of the day you will have some creative activities and processes in your tool box that will help your clients to connect to their loss in significant ways and bring further healing.  


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the effectiveness of and evidence for the Continuing Bonds Theory and its impact on the grieving process.
  • Experience art therapy and creative practices in the context of building continuing bonds in the loss and grief.
  • Learn how to provide support to your clients who are looking to connect to their loss through art and creative writing.

What ideas are explored?

  • How can art and writing facilitate healing through loss?
  • What theory informs this work?
  • What evidence substantiates this work?
  • Does this work for all ages?
  • When might this form of therapy not be useful?
  • What are different types of art and writing processes I could use?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentation
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Live demonstrations of methods
  • Art making and creative writing opportunities
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods
  • Watching multimedia film clips

Who Should Attend?

All those working with issues of grief and loss. Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, bereavement counsellors, case workers, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. No artistic experience or skill is necessary. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.


Workshop Facilitator

Beate Steller M.Ed (Adult Ed) BSW

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.





9th November 2019 

Workshop Venue 

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre

782 Kingsway, Gymea, Sydney

Free onsite parking and walking distance to Gymea Railway Station.


Workshop Details:

  • 6 CPD points/hours (12 hours for AASW members)
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • 9.30am - 4.30pm Training
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training


Workshop Cost

Regular Price         $330

Student Price         $270


Work Paying?

Lucky you!

Send us an email requesting an invoice via the contact page with your name, the dates and name of course/courses you'd like to do and the name of your organisation who you want us to invoice and we will send you an organisational invoice and a registration form.


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What people are saying about this workshop…

I  enjoyed the hands-on creative tasks.


 The learning, activity, discussion and location were all wonderful. I had a lot of fun today and learnt a lot!


I  liked the comforting atmosphere/environment and the freedom of expression the course emphasised.


Lovely relaxed, safe space to explore this topic.


The hands-on activities were very helpful in understanding processes when applying to clients.


Beautiful surroundings.










Creating Continuing Bonds