Supporting Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Bereavement & Loss

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Supporting Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Bereavement & Loss

This workshop focuses on the impact of bereavement and additional losses for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

By Irish Hospice Foundation

When and where

Date and time

Thu, 11 May 2023 01:15 - 08:15 PDT



Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

About this event

  • 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket


This workshop focuses on the impact of bereavement and additional losses for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities through an exploration of the relevant psychological models. We will look at the past and current understandings of grief and loss and how these have evolved over time; the unique ways in which grief can present for such individual while acknowledging the universality of loss.

Attendees will learn practical ways they can support the person during this process as well as well as signs that the individual is struggling to cope. Attendees will also be invited to reflect on their own experiences of loss and how these may interact or colour the ways in which they support others.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will:

  • have an understanding of the psychological models of grief
  • understand how grief can present in adults with Intellectual Disabilities and neurodevelopmental conditions
  • understand what barriers to grieving can emerge
  • explore practical resources to explain death and dying

Presenter Profile

Dr John Smyth is a Senior Clinical Psychologist working in a Voluntary body which supports individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in south Dublin. He is also an Associate Consultant for AT Autism, a UK based Consultancy firm who provide training and supports for all things Autism. Prior to this he worked across Ireland and the UK in both public and private practice. He was a Specialist Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and previously director of Rós Buí Therapy and Training. A former member of the Psychology Society of Ireland’s governing council, John's interests lie in the areas of ID, Autism, Trauma and human rights-based approaches to care / support. In 2018 he was awarded the Early Career Award by the Division of Clinical Psychology Northern Ireland for his contribution to the profession within the region

About the organiser

2023 Workshops 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


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

Full-day Workshops will run from 9.15am - 4.15pm.

Half-day Workshop will run from 9.15am - 1pm.

There will be short breaks through the day and a lunch break of 45 minutes included for full-day workshops. 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 full-day workshop

€60 per half-day 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.