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Supporting Grieving Children: Creative Therapy Interventions and Practical Strategies to Promote Healing Online


Course Overview:

Support children and young people to manage the change, loss and grief that is an inevitable part of their lives.


Dealing with small and large changes and challenges can be difficult for children. Learn age appropriate art and other creative interventions to help children deal with separation, divorce, death and other significant loss experiences. This workshop is based on the premise that the better children learn to manage and grow through changes, the more resilient they become as they face further changes in their adult life. Children can have a very different concept about loss than adults.


In this 3 hour online and interactive workshop you will learn how to support children and adolescents integrate and make sense of significant loss experiences, understand the implications of loss experiences, know loss and grief from a child’s developmental perspective and help children to work through age appropriate creative interventions. This workshop draws from the “Seasons for Growth” program which is an Australian grief and loss support program for children and young people.


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify different responses children and young people have to loss

  • Describe skills that develop to assist in managing grief reactions

  • Assess normal age appropriate loss and grief responses

  • Discuss children’s concepts of death and how this impacts on the grief process

  • Practice creative interventions and practical strategies to assist children and young people come to terms with their loss to promote healing and growth

What ideas are explored?

  • How loss can be experienced by children and young people
  • How can art and creativity activity facilitate healing through loss for children?
  • What theory informs this work?
  • When might this form of therapy not be useful?
  • What are different types of art and creative processes I could use with children and young people?

Training methods will include:

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

Who Should Attend?

All those working with children. Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, bereavement counsellors, teachers, case workers, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. No artistic experience or skill is necessary. There will be a maximum of 16 people at this course.

Workshop Facilitator

Beate Steller MAPS- Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies, 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 skillfully shares.

Date and Time

7th November 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm

Workshop Details:

  • 3 CPD hours 
  • Comprehensive Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • GST
  • 9.30am - 12.30pm Training

Workshop Cost

Special Price           $120

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