September Intake: Responding To Complicated Grief

Self-Paced Course Overview

Defining and, therefore diagnosing complicated grief often leaves practitioners feeling confused and overwhelmed.

Grief is a normal event that occurs to everyone sooner or later. While the majority of bereaved individuals adjust over time, for a variety of reasons a significant minority of people fail to integrate the loss. For these individuals

grief remains intense, painful, unremitting and, for many, affects their ongoing ability to function. These people are also at higher risk of morbidity and mortality.

Whether we call it prolonged grief (PGD) or complicated grief (CG), most practitioners agree that this grief doesn't budge. Those bereaved and suffering with complicated grief often feel stuck in their pain. Their therapists frequently also feel stuck and unable to help their clients come to terms with the reality and consequences of the death, manage their strong emotions, resolve complications and re-engage with life.

This Online Short Course will introduce participants to theories of complicated or prolonged grief, as well as providing a basic introduction to the theories which inform Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT), it's aims and strategies.

A basic understanding of current grief theories would be an advantage to participants. 

Learning Outcomes

During this self-paced course, participants will learn how to:

  • Appraise the symptoms and clinical presentation of complicated grief and formulate assessment for complicated grief.
  • Differentiate complicated grief, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Implement the procedures and processes involved in Complicated Grief Treatment
  • Identify and implement the key strategies and some techniques used in Complicated Grief Treatment and determine where and when to refer, who to turn to for support and how to keep yourself and your client safe. 

Presenter Bio

Margaret Sealey (PhD) is a counsellor, educator, researcher and thanatologist who has worked with vulnerable populations in health settings (palliative care and oncology in particular) for 20 years. During this time she worked at various hospices, the Cancer Council WA, Motor Neurone Disease WA and Alzheimer's Australia WA supporting clients and family members facing life-limiting illness and dementia. 

With a previous background as a Registered Nurse, she has undertaken a Bachelor of Psychology (hons) and postgraduate studies in Counselling. Her PhD research developed a bereavement risk assessment model for us in palliative care using action research. 

Margaret is Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement, a member of the Association of Death Education & Counselling (ADEC), the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB), and Palliative Care WA (PCWA). She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), providing education in grief, loss and dementia to people affected by loss as well as the workforce sector. Presently she is a lecturer in Discipline of Counselling at Murdoch University. 

Self-Paced Course Details


Intake Starts: Monday 29th August 2022

Intake Ends: Sunday 25th September 2022

Registration will remain open until Friday 2nd September 2022


  • Member $295.00
  • Non-Member $345.00

Post-Purchase Information 

  • Once you have enrolled, you will receive an automated confirmation email 
  • The Thursday before the course starts, you will receive a welcome email and access to our learning platform along with your credentials. 
  • During the intake period, you will have access to the module and are required to complete the course content and online assessment before the end date. 
  • For any further information, please get in touch with [email protected] 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reserves the right to cancel education programs that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case ACGB will refund all fees.

Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the Centre. Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days before the event date will be refunded less 25% of the registration fee to cover administration costs.

No registration refunds will be made after this date. Please note: The total invoiced amount will still be payable in the event of non-attendance on the day.

Terms and Conditions 

1. Intellectual Property 

ACGB's program and program content are copyrighted. Its use and dissemination are restricted and unauthorised duplication is prohibited. A copy of the course presentation will be available after the course and is for personal/non-commercial use only. The content is not to be modified or republished in any way without the prior consent of ACGB and the presenter. Any breach of copyright, including the recording of the presentation or any unauthorised use of the material, may lead to legal action. 

2. Links and Material From the Course

Course's and the follow up email may contain links that lead to external websites to ACGB. ACGB have no control of these websites and ACGB makes no representations about the accuracy of the information contained on these websites. ACGB is not liable for the content on these websites. The presenter may also provide further reference materials for your use after the course. These may include (but are not limited to):

- A copy of the course slides
- Journal articles
- Templates or other documents

All course-related materials remain copyrighted of ACGB and the presenter. They must not be distributed to any third party at any time or in any form without written permission from ACGB. 

3. Registration

Viewers agree to use the product under the purchase agreement terms, which restrict number of viewers based on registration type. 
Individual Registration:
Provides one person, the registrant, access to the course or recording for personal viewing only. 

Multi-viewer (Group) Registration
To organise multi-viewer registration, you must contact the Centre via email: [email protected] or phone 03 9265 2100. Groups purchasing multi-viewer and individual registration will need to provide first and last name and an email address of all those who will be participating in the course. 

29/08/2022 9:00 AM - 25/09/2022 11:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
Self Paced Course

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