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Risk and Resilience in Grieving

New study day - The aim of this day is to provide an overview of grief theory and realise the significance of working with risk and resilience in bereavement.

This day will be of interest to GPs, district nurses, chaplains, counsellors, social workers and mental health practitioners.


Location: Sobell House Hospice, Oxford

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Sobell House Hospice, Oxford


Dr Silvia Hepburn
Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in Palliative Care

Silvia studied Experimental Psychology at University College, Oxford, and completed her D.Phil. in Psychological Studies under Professor Mark Williams in 2006. Her research focused on the cognitions underlying suicidality and how unhelpful thought patterns are influenced by mood and mindfulness. This research has been published in journals such as the British Journal of Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Happiness Studies. She first worked in oncology during her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry (part of Kings College London). Since qualifying, she has specialised in supporting people with chronic and life-limiting illness, their families and the staff caring for them. After setting up the Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Psychology service at the Royal Free Hospital in London, Silvia moved into hospice care in Berkshire. She currently provides therapy to families and patients of the Sue Ryder day and inpatient hospices, as well as supervision, consultation and training for the teams. She has also worked at Maggie's Cancer Centre, Oxford, as therapist for individuals and groups, and as staff support facilitator.

Srinder Singh
Bereavement Care Lead in Palliative Care

Srinder is a registered nurse who has worked in the field of palliative care for the past 27 years. She holds a BA(Hons) in Palliative Care and a PGC in Working with Bereaved People, as well as qualifications in teaching and CBT. Her career has involved all aspects of hospice care, from providing direct hands on care for patients, managing an inpatient unit to running family and bereavement services. In her previous position as Head of Family Support Services she was successful in expanding the service to support young children and teenagers pre and post-bereavement. She has a keen interest and experience in delivering communication skills training courses at foundation and enhanced levels to staff and volunteers.
In her current role as Bereavement Care Lead at Sobell House she is responsible for the strategic management of the bereavement service, including the recruitment, training and supervision of volunteer bereavement workers.

Course Programme


09.30 Registration and Coffee

10.00 Welcome and Introduction

10.15 Definitions of Grief and Bereavement

11.15 Coffee

11.45 Theories and Models with Anticipatory Grieving

13.00 Lunch

13.30 Working with Risk and Resilience

14.30 Coffee

14.45 Discuss and reflect on own experience of bereavement work in practice

15.45 Evaluations and certificates

Course Aims

The aim of this day is to provide an overview of grief theory and highlight the significance of risk and resilience in bereavement work. We will start by focusing on definitions of grief and bereavement. We will discuss the theories and models describing the normal grieving process and examine the signs and symptoms of complex grief, including the likely responses that may occur as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The group will be expected to participate by bringing case examples from their professional experience that have been tricky to manage. The purpose of coming prepared with a case study will be to stimulate discussion in exploring how to work with risk and resilience in the bereaved. This day may be of interest to GPs, district nurses, chaplains, counsellors, social workers and mental health practitioners.

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