Week 1: The Nature of Grief

Theories of grief and historical perspectives

The myth of ‘Grief work’

Developmental and circumstantial loss

Week 2:  Attachment Theory – Why is it important to Grief Counselling?

The work of John Bowlby and colleagues

The stages and phases of Grief

Worden’s Task Model

Adult attachment styles – Hazan and Shaver

Love and Loss - Parkes

Week 3:  Models and Theories of Grief

Assumptive World - Parkes

Relearning the World - Attig

Meaning-making theory - Neimeyer

Continuing Bonds – Klass, Silverman and Nickman

Dual Process Model – Stroebe & Schut

Circles model - Tonkin

Instrumental and intuitive Grief – Martin & Doka

Disenfranchised grief - Prigerson

AAG model - Machin

Week 4:  The Complexity and Complications of grief 

Complicated grief, is it a real thing?

Can you die from grief?

Does bereavement counselling work?


Week 5:  Clinical Assessment & Evaluating Outcomes

Clinical measures, e.g. CORE, PHQ-9 and GAD-7

The AGES scale and self-report measure – Wilson, Stiles and Gabriel

Week 6:  Family Systems Approach to Grief 

Working with difference

Rituals and endings

 The course is open to all counsellors and counselling support volunteers. It is assumed that all attendees will already have, as a minimum, basic counselling skills and knowledge of a person-centred approach to counselling.  

Attendees who are grieving a recent personal loss may find that the content can trigger an episode of renewed grief. They are responsible for their own self-care during the sessions. The facilitator has permission from the clients mentioned to use their anonymous case study examples. Participants are asked to use due diligence in anything they share, which could break boundaries of confidentiality. 

There will be a reading list for those who sign up ahead of the event.

Dr. John Wilson, PhD.

John has specialised in bereavement and loss for 20 years, as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer. He is author of Supporting People through Loss and Grief: An Introduction for Counsellors and Other Caring Practitioners. He completed his PhD in 2000 after six years of case study research with bereaved clients. John is a visiting research fellow at York St John University and Director of Bereavement Services at York St John University Counselling and Mental Health Clinic. Since early March, John has taken a close interest in adapting the outcomes of his doctoral thesis to supporting clients bereaved of a loved one from Covid-19 and those bereaved from other causes during the lockdown. With other counsellors he runs a closed support group on social media, for those bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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