Many approaches to bereavement treat it like an illness; with therapeutic models constructed to provide a path to the redirection of ‘emotional energy’ elsewhere. More recently, the idea of ‘continuing bonds’ and social constructionist, narrative approaches offer ways for the bereaved to maintain a relationship with the dead person. This one-day workshop is based on unpublished research Hugh undertook at the University of Hull, and will explore recent ideas of loss and consider how they might impact upon work with individuals, couples or families affected by bereavement.  We will also explore the phenomenon of sense of ‘presence’ of the dead person reported by around 40% of bereaved people, yet neglected in much literature on grief.

This workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in working with people who have experienced loss or bereavement, including counsellors, psychotherapists, bereavement visitors and health/social care professionals.

Date: TBC

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Hugh Palmer

Hugh Palmer is a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist.  He is currently based in the market town of Beverley at Beverley Counselling & Psychotherapy, as well as maintaining a small practice from his home in Pocklington.  He has a long track record in both training and providing psychotherapy. Hugh was a lecturer at the University of Leeds from 1994-2000, and after a couple of years working in New Zealand, lectured at the University of Hull from 2003-2012. He recently taught on the Masters in Relationship Therapy for the Relate Institute, and had a close relationship with Relate as a tutor (Relationship Counselling and Family Counselling) and developed several on-line CPD courses for them.

Hugh has previously worked in both outpatient and inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and has particular interests in bereavement and developing systemic practice. He currently works one day a week in the NHS as a Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist) in an adult service in addition to his own practice providing private therapy, consultation and training. 


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