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This workshop will explore the theories common to addiction and bereavement.

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This workshop will explore the theories common to addiction and bereavement. The negative consequences of addiction, experienced as non-finite loss, will be compared to more socially accepted and acknowledged loss.

Themes of loss will be identified in the person addicted, in their families, and in society.

Central themes discussed in the workshop will include Attachment, Substance Misuse, Behavioural Addiction, Spectrum of Use, Circumstantial Loss, Disenfranchised Grief, Family and Recovery.

Societal attitudes and central roles will also be discussed.

“Problem drinkers destroy, not just themselves but their loved ones too. Millions of families are trapped by substance-related patterns of behaviour with devastating consequences for their personal health, well-being and safety”

(Anderson, 2010)

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will:

  • identify the central characteristics which define addiction and their behaviours
  • identify the central characteristics of loss within the addiction experience
  • become aware of the impact these addictions and the attendant negative consequences have on both the addicted/dependent and subsequently on their families
  • identify the conflict between socially accepted and non-socially accepted griefreflect on ways in which a society supports loss or addiction

Presenter Profile

Maurice Crowe works both as an Addiction Counsellor and a Bereavement Counsellor. He has worked in addiction services for many years, specifically in the areas of community-based Benzodiazepine detox, Methadone detox, day treatment addiction programme, family support, pre-treatment preparation, aftercare support and programme delivery. He currently works in the role of Polydrug Co-Ordinator for Bushy Park Treatment Centre, Ennis, Co Clare. He also conducts a private practice.

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Organiser Irish Hospice Foundation

Organiser of Addiction and Loss

2022Workshops on Loss and Bereavement


This is a series of introductory workshops on a range of topics covering loss and bereavement.

Target Audience

The workshops are targeted at professionals and volunteers who may wish to learn more about loss and bereavement and for those working with people who have experienced a major loss.

These workshops are framed relative to the HSE palliative care competence framework at level two – for people whose work increasingly sees them engaging with people facing loss, bereavement and death. Specifically, the competence dimension for grief and loss; and the competence dimension for communication are of relevance to workshop content and learning outcomes.

The framework is available here https://www.lenus.ie/handle/10147/323543


Professional accreditation is under application from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. If you have other accreditation needs please contact us. A certificate of participation/attendance at the workshops is available on request.

Teaching Method

The workshops will be held online via Zoom and will include talks and interactive sessions.

Time and Duration

Workshops will commence at 9.15am and conclude at 4.15pm. There will be short breaks through the day and a lunch break of 45 minutes. Registration will commence at 9.00am


Participants may attend one or more workshops. Please note as places are limited early booking is advised.


€100 per workshop


Full payment is required at the time of online booking.


Cancellations up to 1 week prior to each workshop will be given a full refund minus an administration fee of €10. Thereafter no refunds will be made.

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