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GRIEVING LOSS MINDFULLY & WITH SELF-COMPASSION WHEN THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT HAS CHANGED - Supporting our clients with mindful approaches to loss and grief




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So much has changed in this current climate and everyone has been affected by many losses.
This short course will present a mindful approach to working through loss and grief when learning new ways to cope with a changed world. Mindfulness is a way of reducing stress and anxiety in a clinically proven approach. The workshop will draw on John Kabat Zinn’s (2011) work which suggests that ‘the challenge of mindfulness is to work with the very circumstances that you find yourself in – no matter how unpleasant, how discouraging, how limited, how unending and stuck they may appear to be. It is right here that the real work needs to happen. Right in that moment, you touch the core of your being and invite mindfulness to enter and heal.’ Promoting a mindful approach to our clients and practicing mindfulness ourselves will help us to be more present to loss and grief work.

Often we can be very hard on ourselves when we experience these significant losses and are impatient with ourselves. We have trouble facing our vulnerabilities when we walk with grief. For this reason, having ‘self compassion’ is a critical component of the grief journey. As Kristin Neff, Ph.D (2015) as one of the world leading experts on ‘self compassion’ points out: ‘Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing 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?’

With simple mindfulness-based exercises we are able to restore mind, body and spirit. 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 challenging time. Often opportunities for making meaning and living life with more awareness can grow.

Reflecting and noticing our client’s reactions to their losses provides us with an opportunity to apply a mindfulness approach to our work. It is about becoming aware of our own triggers and pain reactions when we listen to some of our client’s stories. Learn to become less controlled by them, which in turn makes us more available to ‘be present’ with our clients. Reflect on how our own reactions can hinder us in supporting our clients to work through complex loss and grief.

Feedback from Beate’s most recent presentations for PDP: (to be updated)

“Very good!! Great info. Lots of links to resources.”

"Completely relevant to current client needs - so pleased I chose to do this."

“So much great content. Beate´ is fabulous.”

“Would have loved two days of this - I loved the pace, relevance and resources.”

“Very informative and practical – thank – you!”

“Excellent” “Fantastic”

“It was the best PDP Seminar I have attended. Informative, educational, hands on. Everyone was involved it was interactive, different variety of resources used. Really enjoyed it.”

“Great learning today. Thank you.”

“Beate´ shares a lot of relevant, hands on stories that brings reality to the theory and information. Beate´ is a wonderfully warm engaging presenter.”

“Practical, usable, and far more grounded that I had imagined!”

“Wonderful, valuable training – really opened my thinking on loss and grief leaving me feeling much more confident to support my grieving clients (and myself and family) at this difficult time."

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Faculty

Beaté Steller, M.A.P.S.  M.A.Ed.  B.S.W (Hon) R.N.  is and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and brings over 35 years of experience in a variety of sectors and industries to my role as the principal Training and Development Consultant. She has worked for ACAP and Uniting as an SME (Subject Matter Expert) in developing their grief counselling courses and works as an adult educator, counsellor and provides clinical supervision for individuals or groups. Beaté is the author of Tech Connect: Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care – A Leader’s Guide (2017) published by Meaningful Ageing Australia. She also recently written a therapeutic story called  ‘The space between the moon and the stars’ that was published in Susan Perrow’s book (2021), Stories To Light The Night- a grief and loss collection for children, families and communities, (pg 254) Hawthorn Press.  She just finished her second Master of (Arts) Ageing and Pastoral Studies with Distinction, (2019), Charles Sturt University and her research major project was on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Residential Aged Care and its Relevance Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing.'s Profile

Beaté Steller, M.A.P.S. M.A.Ed. B.S.W (Hon) R.N. is and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and brings over 35 years of experience in a variety of sectors and industries to my role as the principal Training and Development Consultant. She has worked for ACAP and Uniting as an SME (Subject Matter Expert) in developing their grief counselling courses and works as an adult educator, counsellor and provides clinical supervision for individuals or groups. Beaté is the author of Tech Connect: Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care – A Leader’s Guide (2017) published by Meaningful Ageing Australia. She also recently written a therapeutic story called ‘The space between the moon and the stars’ that was published in Susan Perrow’s book (2021), Stories To Light The Night- a grief and loss collection for children, families and communities, (pg 254) Hawthorn Press. She just finished her second Master of (Arts) Ageing and Pastoral Studies with Distinction, (2019), Charles Sturt University and her research major project was on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Residential Aged Care and its Relevance Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing. Related seminars and products


Beaté Steller is a Sydney based adult educator, author, accredited mental health social worker, counsellor, clinical supervisor, adult educator, spiritual care practitioner and registered nurse. She has gathered experience in these variety of roles over 35 years in a variety of sectors and industries, including health, palliative and aged care, social housing and long-term unemployment. She has a special interest in working with older people and has been working in Residential Aged Care for over the last 14 years in the roles of Social Worker and Spiritual Wellbeing Co-ordinator.

For over a decade Beaté has specialized in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and was a Director of the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss) and Grief between 2009 - 2020. She had her first book published in 2017 called Tech-connect –Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. She has both graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. She completed her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral Studies in 2019. Her Masters research was on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Residential Aged Care and its Relevance Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing. Beaté has a history of working with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beaté also holds professional membership with the AASW, the NSW Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.


Registration Details

Registration fee $66

- Recorded version available to view for 3 months after event.

- Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training. 
Additional​ viewer$33

- Watch the event with the Primary Participant

- Recorded version available to view for 1 month after event.

- Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training. 

 

This seminar provides 2 hours for CPD points.

 

Reminders will be sent prior to your live webcast event with a link to your account at https://www.pdp-catalogue.com.au where you will see your purchased webcasts.

You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.

Objectives

Learning objectives of this training:

  • Learn and practice a mindfulness approach when supporting clients through their bereavement.
  • Incorporate the principles of mindfulness in grief education with clients
  • Understand current resources and research related to loss and grief
  • Recognise how supporting those who are grieving can impact on your wellbeing
  • Learn how to practice self-compassion and how to encourage our client’s to become more compassionate with themselves, too.

“Grieving mindfully introduces ancient and effective mindfulness practices and encourages us to use them to become more mindful of inner life as the grief process unfolds.”  (J. Brantley, Director of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, 2005)​

 

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • By promoting a mindful approach with your clients and practicing mindfulness yourselves you will become more present and fearless in loss and grief work.
  • By developing greater Self Compassion we prevent burnout and model one of the most critical healing skills in loss and grief work.
  • Discover through a mindfulness approach the option of holding grief as meaningless pain or as a journey of understanding and wisdom.

Outline

Session Ouitline :

  • Overview of current research and models of loss and grief and their relevance to mindfulness.
  • Mindfulness and its benefits when working with grief.
  • Grieving mindfully, living mindfully.
  • The role of Self compassion in grief work.
  • Identifying and developing tailored self-care plan.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at pdp-catalogue.com.au and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

Professionals working in the field of loss, grief and bereavement, such as social workers, counsellors, therapists, psychologists and other allied health professionals

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