Course Description

Hours: 12

When a family experiences the death of one of its members, we might expect they will experience the same grief. As unique units, we often describe families as interconnected and interactive systems, experiencing life events together, much like a dance…except for grief. While the loss of a strong attachment is a deeply shared family experience, research has shown that grief work is not easily shared. As mourners begin to cope with the death, they often experience a diminished emotional capacity to support each other, which can result in disconnects at a time when connection is so important. The intergenerational nature of families require a knowledge of how grief manifests over the life span. Cultural sensitivities, communication styles and their interpretations, all play a role in supporting families in grief and reducing the risk of prolonged grief within its members.

In this workshop participants will learn about: 

•    The history of families in grief.
•    Contemporary approach to grief work.
•    Complicated grief.
•    Grief across the lifespan.
•    Evidence based intervention models. 
•    Trauma informed care.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Families in Grief
Workshop Remote
T, W
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Apr 30, 2024 to May 01, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Hours
Delivery Options
Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $370.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Instructor: Dena Moitoso M.Sc., Psych., CRPO, OACCPP, Registered Psychotherapist

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd


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