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Grief, loss, transition and change: Creative ways of working

Colin Bisset

Monday, 21 November 2016 at 9:00 AM - Tuesday, 22 November 2016 at 4:30 PM (AEDT)

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Grief, loss, transition and change: 

 Creative ways of working with children, adolescents and adults to promote mental health

A two-day experiential course

 The number of participants is limited to facilitate an intensive learning experience

 Anthony has been delivering this workshop for 20 years (with updates).  He has facilitated  over 70 of these workshops internationally, primarily in the UK.   The course is designed for clinicians and has been highly evaluated by participants, including psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses and occupational therapists.

Learning objectives

 By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Reviewed and developed their skills in working with children, adolescents and adults who are bereaved or experiencing loss resulting from transition or change
  • Gained confidence in using a range of creative ways for working with  young people and adults including story telling, art, writing, salt sculptures and other experiential approaches
  • Explored how these techniques can be used in individual, family and group contexts
  • Developed skills in assessing when normal grief reactions become disorder and choosing appropriately from a spectrum of interventions
  • Considered approaches to working on loss from a number of treatment perspectives including Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness
  • Identified social, cultural, psychological, spiritual and biological factors in grief and loss work
  • Explored how the theory of grief and loss can inform their work in practical ways
  • Considered risk and protective factors (including attachment style), resilience and the evidence of effectiveness for interventions
  • Increased their awareness of the possible impact of this work on themselves as workers and developed strategies for coping with this.

Feedback from previous participants

The most useful aspect for me was exploring alternative ways to express grief – very creative and powerful.

I would highly recommend this course for colleagues, not only for professional development, but also in promoting staff well being.

I’m taking away practical ideas for engaging with clients, greater understanding of my own responses to loss and insight into other culture’s responses to grief.  

I cannot imagine a better course or tutor. Brilliant handbook! Thanks.

I thoroughly enjoyed the gentle reflective approach of the tutor – nurturing and excellent 'containment' of fear/emotions/feelings.

I feel the programme was spot on, it got people working together. Wonderful!

An excellent course – powerful and emotional highs and lows over the days. I have learnt so much about myself and new skills to take away with renewed enthusiasm.

The tutor's obvious experience about the subject gave a very non-threatening form of delivery.

The most useful aspect was the opportunity to work through various therapies personally in a "real" way, not just with scenarios.  Very powerful.

Another brilliant learning experience with Anthony.  The content and experiential learning were very valuable.

Excellent – This course should be available to the widest audience possible.

Learning methods

A significant portion of the course comprises experiential learning. Participants are invited to experience creative therapeutic techniques, including stories, art and salt sculptures (a craft activity), utilising real material from their own lives. This will take place individually with the option of reflecting on the process in pairs and small groups.

Experiential learning in this context has the dual purpose of:

1)     giving clinicians direct experience of the potential power and subtleties of these techniques to inform their work with clients;

2)     increasing awareness of ways in which the clinician’s own experience of loss may influence them when working professionally on issues of loss and transition, eg in terms of countertransference and self-care.

The course briefly reviews the latest available research, combining this with practical skill development through interactive learning experiences and comprehensive course handouts.  A range of learning methods are utilised including: didactic presentations, experiential exercises, small group activities, video and self-reflection.

NB Participants will derive maximum benefit form the course if they are willing to reflect on their own feelings, attitudes and beliefs.


Registration: Online registration requires payment by credit card. If you prefer to pay by EFT or cheque please contact the organiser (see below).

What is the refund policy?

Cancelled bookings will receive a full refund up until  October 24. After October 24 you are welcome to transfer your booking to another person provided they are a member of the target audience (see above) , but the fee will be non-refundable and non-transferable for credit on other workshop dates.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The venue is convenient for train, bus and free parking.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Colin Bisset: E:, P: (02) 9523 3567


Have questions about Grief, loss, transition and change: Creative ways of working? Contact Colin Bisset

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Burwood RSL
96 Shaftesbury Road
Burwood, 2134

Monday, 21 November 2016 at 9:00 AM - Tuesday, 22 November 2016 at 4:30 PM (AEDT)

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Colin Bisset

Colin Bisset is the organiser of this Anthony Hillin event.


Anthony Hillin, B Soc Stud, M Adol MH, has over 25 years experience as a clinician, educator, writer and consultant in child, adolescent and adult mental, emotional and social wellbeing. Anthony grew up and studied in Sydney. He worked in the UK for 17 years, initially as a social worker and senior youth worker. Anthony helped to establish and manage some of the UK’s first counselling and health promotion organisations dealing with HIV, gay and lesbian issues. He then worked for 10 years as a freelance trainer and consultant. After relocating to Australia, Anthony was employed as a counsellor with the Family Court of Australia and manager of a child and adolescent mental health service.


While based at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry for 12 years, Anthony, together with Rob McAlpine, developed Australia’s most comprehensive interagency training program in adolescent mental health for the NSW School-Link and Queensland Ed-LinQ initiatives. Anth continues to deliver a suite of courses in depression, anxiety and related disorders to over 3,000 mental health clinicians, school & TAFE psychologists, social workers and other staff.


Anthony also co-developed and delivered the NSW Aboriginal Grief and Loss Training Program.


Anthony has conducted15 annual teaching tours of the UK focused on grief and loss, mental health, team building and organisational change. His training and consultancy has been commissioned by over 100 agencies in Europe, USA, India, New Zealand. Anthony is a certified trainer in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) with the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute and in addition to providing training in IPT in Australia and the USA also provides clinical supervision for therapists.

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