An Expressive Arts Approach To Healing Loss and Grief

2021thu26aug3:00 pmthu4:30 pmAn Expressive Arts Approach To Healing Loss and Grief$50-$75

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Webinar Overview: This webinar will introduce core concepts and practices of Expressive Arts Therapy. This approach uses ‘all of the arts’ and ‘artistic retellings’ in helping people to discover imaginative and artistic resources that promote resilience in loss and bereavement. This webinar has been designed for helping professionals from all disciplines who wish to work more imaginatively and creatively in assisting grieving and bereaved people in a variety of circumstances.

Presented by: Irene Renzenbrink is an Australian social worker and pioneer in the field of grief and bereavement care. Having worked in hospitals, palliative care services and in the funeral industry since the early 1970’s she served as State and National President o the National Association for Loss and Grief for many years. Internationally, she has worked as an advisor for the Irish Hospice Foundation and conducted workshops in Canada, USA, and the UK. While living in Canada Irene studied art therapy at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute in 2010, and teaches the institutes online course, Art of Loss. In 2018, she was awarded a PhD (magna cum laude) in Expressive Arts Therapy by the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Author of many journa l articles and book chapters, Irene’s edited book “Caregiver Stress and Staff Support in Illness, Dying and Bereavement was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

Her recent publication for Jessica Kingsley Publishers, An Expressive Arts Approach to Healing Loss and Grief: Working Across the Spectrum of Loss with Individuals and Communities bridges the two fields of grief and expressive arts therapy and includes examples of the healing power of the arts across a wide spectrum of loss including community disaster and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Irene is a faculty member of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition and has been a member of the prestigious International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement since 1997. She now lines in an inner city retirement village in Melbourne.


(Thursday) 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEST