Professional Counselling Association
of the ACT and NSW Inc

Sydney Branch Meeting

  • 12 Oct 2013
  • 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114


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Presenter: Michael Hassett

Michael worked for Hunter Mental Health for 30 years until 2009.

He studied Counselling with Hunter Institute of Mental Health from 2006, completing a Diploma of Professional Counselling through the Australian Institute of Professional Counselling in 2009 majoring in Grief and Loss.

He has completed Post Graduate training in Adult Bereavement Counselling –2010, Counselling Bereaved Children 2010 at the Bereavement Care Centre, Post Graduate Support Workers Course – National Centre for Childhood Grief, Mental Health Social Support Certificate.

Michael founded Novocastrian Counselling Service in 2009, a specialist Bereavement Counselling service based at Lambton and provide services for 2 national EAP Providers.

He is a practicing member of A.C.A, P.C.A (ACT/NSW), N.A.L.A.G, and Graduate member of A.I.P.C

Michael works part time for Castle Personnel as a Casual Trainer working with adolescents that are disengaged or suspended from school to complete a Certificate II in Community Services.

He is  also engaged as a Support Worker at the National Centre for Childhood Grief at Eastwood. This service provides free Bereavement counselling and group therapy for children up to 18yrs.

Synopsis:  Powerpoint Presentation and discussion by Michael Hassett

Powerpoint Presentation – Working with a grieving client

The Presentation looks at how grieving can impact on our ability to complete our normal daily tasks and how a counsellor may need to take into consideration how this can affect a clients ability to work on other issues whilst grieving.

It looks in detail at factors that can influence the way an individual will grieve based on age, life situations and a client’s background as well as an extensive look at risk or complicating factors and why these issues need to be assessed in order to properly plan how to meet a client’s needs.

The presentation is based on Michael’s training and study from some of the sources listed below:

—  Mal and Di McKissock -Bereavement 101, Bereavement Counselling Adults and Children

—  Erik Erikson – Stages of Human Development

—  Beverley Raphael – The Anatomy of Bereavement

—  Elizabeth Kübler –Ross – On Death and Dying, On Children and Death

—  Worden – Theory of Attachment

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