Grief and Loss 4-Day Intensive Master Class


This 4-day course on grief and bereavement aims to offer knowledge and strategies to equip participants to effectively support grieving people within the scope of their role and/or professionals practice. The course has an experiential learning approach within which participants reflect on their own grief and bereavement experiences and examine how these impacts their work with others. Training methods utilise a variety of learning interventions to ensure this professional development opportunity is stimulating, engaging, memorable and practical. Learning opportunities may include creative activities and self reflection, along with group work and discussion.

This course would suit those who work with or support individuals and families through end of life and/or grief and bereavement. This includes health care professionals, counsellors, clinical supervisors, social workers, chaplains, funeral directors, bereavement support staff, leaders in faith communities and social service providers.

Course Content:
• Personal Experiences of grief and bereavement
• Different types of grief
• Theories and models of grief and loss
• A New Zealand cultural perspective of grief and loss
• The therapeutic use of self
• When professionals weep
• Diverse culture and spirituality
• Increasing empathy
• Building resilience and self care
• When a family grieves including working with children and young people


Andrea Dobbs, Educator, Education Team Leader
M Ed; BASS (Counselling); Cert. Adult Teaching
In my current role at Hospice Waikato, I provide education to health professionals on talking about dying; grief and loss; and self-care. These were also topics I taught for ten years to training counsellors. I also work as a grief counsellor and professional supervisor in private practice.

Jacqui Swain; Nurse Educator
Registered Nurse PG Cert Health Sciences, Cert Adult Teaching

I consider myself blessed to be able to work at Hospice Waikato and combine my passion for palliative care nursing and teaching. I bring to my role over 35 years of experience in the healthcare sector, and feel enriched by the knowledge and experience others share in the classroom and practice setting. Over the years I have gained a greater appreciation for my own and others grief and loss journey’s, together with it’s place in honouring life, vulnerability, resilience and empathy. A migrant to New Zealand of 15 years, I enjoy living in this beautiful country with my husband, 4 adult children and 4+ grandchildren.

Nigel Rowling; Counsellor
Ba Counselling
“Working with Children and Young People is my speciality in my area of responsibility at Hospice Waikato. I’ve worked with Young People at varying capacities for the last 26 years. It’s my understanding that grief and loss can shape our “way of being” in the informative years of adolescence and childhood. This ignites my passion for their personal growth, family relationships and I enjoy seeing young people process their grief in their own unique way. I also work privately in my own busy practice one day a week”.

Nolan Hodgson
NZ Registered Music Therapist
MMusTher, BA
As the music therapist at Hospice Waikato I work with children, adults and often their family members alongside them. Within my sessions I work with people experiencing a broad range of psychosocial symptoms such as grief, anxiety and isolation as well as supporting people with physical goals, maintaining cognitive functions and pain management. I have a private practice working with children who have experienced trauma or require specialist behavioural or psycho-emotional support and with people who are living with dementia.

Viv Young, Manager Family Services
MA Arts Therapy; Dip.Couns; Dip.Gestalt Psychotherapy
Cert. Adult Teaching, Grad.Cert Supervision, MNZAC
I provide leadership and support for our Family Services Team at Hospice Waikato. The team includes Social Workers, Counsellors who work with children, young people and adults, a Spiritual Care Coordinator, Massage & Music Therapists and an Occupational Therapist. I also work as a professional supervisor and counsellor in private practice.

Virginia Lee, Social Worker, Family Services
I am one of the newest Social Workers to join the Family Services team at Hospice Waikato, having moved to Kirikiriroa/Hamilton in July 2019.
I have worked in the Health and Disability sector since commencing social work in oncology, disability, including 15 years with another Hospice team where I completed a Master of Social Work. I have also been fortunate to combine a supervision private practice with university lecturing in social work. I spent several years in front line social services such as Vinnies, City Mission and those working in the homelessness sector.
On a personal note I have a husband, 3 adult “kids” and a dependent cat, I am enjoying exploring the heart of the Waikato, with its rich Maori heritage and beautiful river.

Event Details:
Venue: Hospice Waikato, 334 Cobham Drive, Hamilton
Dates: 15 March, 16 March, 12 April and 13 April 2021
Dates: 13 September, 14 September, 11 October and 12 October 2021
Time: 9am – 4.30pm
Cost: $200
Bookings are now open, please click HERE