Supporting Grieving in Adults with Intellectual Disability

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This workshop explores the journey of grief and loss for adults with intellectual disability.

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This workshop explores the journey of grief and loss for adults with intellectual disability. It will explore ways that can enhance coping for the bereaved person and support them in healthy grieving. The workshop will inform participants of the unique issues and challenges when supporting adults with intellectual disability when a loved one dies while acknowledging their common humanity and right to grieve. Contemporary theories and models of grief will be explored in relation to adults with intellectual disability. Case examples from practice will be discussed along with gaining some experience in trying out resources. The workshop will also focus on the possible need for a service policy to guide practice. The workshop is suitable for frontline staff and will focus on what you can do to support and nurture healthy grief in adults with a range of intellectual disability.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will:

have an understanding of grief theories and adults with intellectual disability

understand how grief can present in adults with a range of intellectual disability

have practical resources to explain death and dying

understand what can hinder the grief process

have strategies to support healthy grieving

Presenter Profile

Catherine Jackman is a clinical psychologist who worked in a service for adults with intellectual disability. Her interests are in providing psychological therapy for adults with intellectual disability experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. She has published research in conjunction with colleagues in the use and impact of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness computerised psychological therapy games for adults with intellectual disability. She is also interested in bereavement and how services can support adults with intellectual disability in this important area of all our lives. She has provided individual and group bereavement support to adults with intellectual disability and training to frontline staff over the last 27 years. She is also working on a policy document to guide practice in a local service.

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Organiser Irish Hospice Foundation

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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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