Exploring the Adult Attitude to Grief scale (AAG) as a tool for practice


One day programme
10 Apr, 2019
Early bird £108 before 10 March 2019
Regular price £138
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St Christopher's Hospice, London
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The study day will begin by looking at the Range of Response to Loss (RRL) model which is a way of exploring how vulnerable and resilient people facing bereavement and other life losses may respond. The RRL is the theoretical model on which the AAG is based.

Participants will explore the use of the AAG and how it helps to tell the individual story of loss, assesses the varied characteristics of grief being experienced and indicates the level of appropriate intervention needed. Case studies will be used illustratively and there will be practical opportunities to use the AAG scale.

  • What will I learn?

    This interactive study day is designed for practitioners working with service users, pre and post bereavement, and bereavement and family care service managers, to help them:

    • use the RRL as a theoretical framework for understanding the components of resilient and vulnerable coping
    • explore how to use the AAG with clients/service users in order to understand the way in which they are experiencing and expressing their grief
    • assess levels of need and therefore levels of intervention i.e. linked to the NICE guidance on levels of need
    • consider how using the AAG can contribute to monitoring and outcome evaluation and the appraisal of service standards.
  • Who is it for?

    The study day is for:

    • social workers
    • nursing staff
    • funeral directors
    • church leaders
    • specialist palliative and end of life
    • care practitioners
    • anyone working with bereaved people
  • Course tutors

    • Linda Machin Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University and Honorary Researcher at the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster
    • Paul Parsons Bereavement Service Coordinator, St Christopher’s
    • Sharon Cornford Bereavement Services Manager, St Joseph’s Hospice; Chair of ABSCo
    • Letizia Forrest Head of Bereavement Support, Royal Trinity Hospice.

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