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Grieving loss with mindfulness and with self compassion - skills and strategies for transforming painful processes in loss and grief.

Event Details
Date: 1st Nov 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 7


Organiser: The Professional Development People

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This course will present a mindful approach to working through loss, grief when learning new ways to cope with a changed world. The workshop will draw on John Kabat Zinn’s (2016) work which suggests that ‘The challenge of mindfulness is to work with the very circumstances in which you find yourself regardless of how discouraging and stuck you feel.’ Promoting a mindful approach and practicing mindfulness as a way to be with strong emotions and sensations enables greater presence in this challenging client work. Difficulty in facing vulnerabilities and feeling impatient about the process is a common reaction to which ‘self compassion’ becomes a critical component of support in the grief journey. Kristin Neff, Ph.D (2017), one of the world leading experts on ‘self compassion’ points out: “Instead of mercilessly judging and criticising yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?” Approaching loss and grief from a mindful framework does not mean that the pain of the loss is diminished, however; it does allow us to respond with a different perspective. Beate´ will draw on her own research and experience of applying mindfulness with her clients Experience and learn how to teach easy-to-follow Meditations that calm the body and mind. The mindful loss and grief journey may allow a space for transforming and healing grief and finding the spiritual and emotional resilience needed to move through this difficult time. Often opportunities for making meaning and living life with more awareness can grow. Practitioners who use these techniques tend to become aware of triggers when listening to client’s grief stories and how these can hinder the support offered to clients.

Learning objectives

  1. Learn and practice a mindfulness approach when supporting clients through their bereavement.
  2. Appreciate the importance of connecting to our losses by applying the Continuing Bonds Framework.
  3. Incorporate the principles of mindfulness in grief education with clients.
  4. Understand current resources and research related to loss and grief work.
  5. Recognise how supporting those who are grieving can impact on your own wellbeing.
  6. Learn how to practice self-compassion and how to encourage our clients to become more compassionate with themselves.
  7. Identify personal and professional self-care strategies to develop a tailored self-care plan.

Learning outcomes

  • Discover a mindfulness approach to holding grief as a journey of understanding and wisdom.
  • Become more present and fearless in loss and grief work.
  • Prevent burnout and model one of the most critical healing skills in loss and grief work by developing greater Self Compassion.

Presenter details

Beate´ Steller brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of sectors and industries to her role as a principal Training and Development Consultant. Beate´ also currently works as a Social Worker/Counsellor and as Spiritual Wellbeing Co-ordinator in aged and palliative care. She has been an adult educator since 1992, for the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Australian College of Applied Psychology and Lifeline Sydney. For over a decade Beate´ has specialised in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and has been on the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) since 2009. She had her first book published in 2017 called Tech-connect –Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. She has both graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and is currently completing her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral studies at Charles Sturt University. She is currently completing her research in Mindfulness Meditation Groups with older people who are experiencing multiple losses and is curious if this practice promotes wellness and spiritual growth. She has worked with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beate´ also holds professional membership with the AASW, the NSW Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.

Location and date

UTS Short Course Rooms
Level 7, Building 10,
235 Jones Street,
Ultimo, NSW 2007

1 November 2019

9:15am - 4:30pm



This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.
Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here.


Register online by clicking here
Ph: 1300 887 622

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers