Grief’s Journey: The Inside, the Outside and the In-Between
Friday, May 5, 2023 , 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Due to health and safety precautions with Covid-19, this workshop will be virtual.
We all experience loss, and consequently grief, therapists and clients alike. Over the past several years, we have lived through a collective trauma laced with multiple losses, in addition to other losses we have experienced. As therapists, our grief can be as present in the therapeutic space as our clients’. Our reactions to and management of our grief impacts our clients and can facilitate, collide against or shut down the therapeutic work all together. With trauma there are many losses that are not easily apparent. Grief in trauma therapy often feels forbidden, overwhelming and unspoken. Therapists can under-attend or miss identifying the grief that is present, and grief work can be avoided by both client and therapist. Grief’s Journey will explore how we, as therapists, experience and deal with our own grief, the impact of grief in the therapeutic relationship, and how we can unconsciously join with the client to avoid or minimize grief, particularly when it is part of one’s trauma story. We will also explore the potential healing that comes with tending to our own and our clients’ grief.
In this virtual workshop we will:
- Discuss and explore different types of grief that can present in the therapeutic relationship.
- Normalize the grief experiences of the therapist by acknowledging losses and witnessing each other in community.
- Explore the enactment, dissociation and transference of grief that accompanies trauma.
- Identify the possibilities for further healing when experiences of grief are taken into consideration.