Investigating Aspects of Loss


Aims of the course:

To explore meanings and responses in a wide range of loss situations.
To include-

  • Traumatic Loss.
  • Loss in the context of Separation/Divorce with a particular emphasis on children.
  • Loss as a consequence of Ill health, Disability to include Alzheimer’s/Dementia.
  • A framework to understand the complexities of loss as a consequence of ;
  • Immigration.
  • Bereavement.
  • The different approaches to loss such as “Attachment Theory” (Bowlby, 1969),  “The Dual Process Model” of grief response (Stroebe & Schut, 1995)  and “Meaning Reconstruction” (Neimeyer, 2001) will be explained and discussed.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • To generate understandings of loss, grief and bereavement across the lifespan.
  • To generate an awareness and understanding of the range of responses to loss. How they may be influenced by the nature of the relationship and the circumstances of the loss, as well as the challenges faced by such persons. 
  • To promote the application of psychological and sociological approaches to loss and grief in clinical practice.
  •  To assist the learner to reflect on a variety of aspects of loss and grief including bereavement.
  • To develop the learner’s skill when working with loss and grief. To provide a solid foundation of theoretical understanding to underpin professional practice when working with individuals, families and others.