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Working with loss and grief: till death do us art

A creative CPD course exploring death, loss & grief, its implications for therapy work & the importance of self-care. Death can touch on our most primitive defences. On this creative course, you will have the opportunity to safely explore this important aspect of living; reflecting both on client work and on your own feelings and experiences.

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th March 2022

10:00am - 16:00pm


Delivered via Zoom, information for the day & invite to join will be sent once booking has closed

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 **This course is open to all qualified professionals from the UK and Internationally**

Thoughts of death, loss and grief can be challenging. How do we work with a client's grief? How do we manage our own grief in this process? What does a dying client bring to the work? In these times, following a global pandemic, when thoughts of death had been ever present, clinicians need time and space to reflect on what death and dying mean for us, what impact they may have on therapy and on the therapeutic alliance, and how death and grief may play out within our clinical work. It is important for clinicians to have considered their own relationship with grief; culturally, spiritually, personally, systemically and professionally.


To be best placed to work with this most universal of life experiences we must take the time to explore own experiences and what we will bring to the therapy work. For many clinician’s death and grief can understandably bring fear, paralleling responses of wider society; a shutting down rather than a widening of the discourse around this often difficult subject.


This short course will help clinicians to meet clients with open curiosity, compassion and confidence. It will support clinicians in welcoming grief as a natural process and also recognising when grief has become complex or pathological offering tools and frameworks to facilitate the therapy work.


Day 1: A workshop focused day, underpinned with up-to-date bereavement theory & concepts. You will be offered practical tools and be guided through creative exercises to expand your thinking around losses in the widest sense and what that brings to the therapy room.


Day 2: A reflective day with space to play, create and experiment - drawing on some aspects of day-1, this will be a time for a deeper investigation of your experiences and feelings on loss and grief, using creativity and group processes.


• A creative exploration of a range for grief theories, increasing participant understanding and de-pathologising the grief process.


• Understanding your own relationship with grief and what thus brings to the therapy work


• Exploration of frameworks and tools for working with grief and loss.



Sharon Herriot worked as an Art Psychotherapist in bereavement & chronic illness services for over 10 years including Ashgate Hospicecare (Derbyshire) with patients and their families & at the Macmillan Information & Support Centre (Chesterfield) with patients. She currently works in schools predominantly with children with special educational needs, autism and who exhibit behaviours that others find challenging. She is Associate Clinical Supervisor for Share Psychotherapy – Sheffield, has a small private practice and regularly delivers workshops on grief and self-care to MA Art Psychotherapy courses, school staff and several NHS trusts. Sharon is co-founder of The Potting Shed with her colleague and fellow Art Psychotherapist Bethan Baëz-Devine, delivering inspiring, creative CPD events for therapists, counsellors and mental health practitioners, in Derbyshire and online.


Bethan Baëz-Devine is a qualified Art Psychotherapist and lectures on the MA Art Therapy programme at Derby University. Clinically, Bethan has worked predominantly for the NHS in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and specifically Looked After Children and their communities. She has also worked within educational provisions providing therapy to individuals and groups; run workshops for teachers; supported adults in the community with a dual diagnoses of severe learning difficulties and enduring mental health conditions; ran creative workshops in hospices and also facilitated psychosocial programmes in refugee camps abroad from France to Africa. Bethan is also a Clinical Supervisor with her own private practice.

Additional Information:

Please Note:

This course has been postponed form the original dates: 14-15th January 2022 to 11-12th March 2022. Delegates registered to the original date have been contacted and automatically transferred to the new date.

Booking closes 1-week prior to start date. Information and link to join the day will be sent once booking has closed.


Trainee BAAT Member: £180.00


x3 Reduced Rate for Trainees or Unemployed Members: £140.00

Please Note: We can not reserve reduced rate places.


Full Unemployed or Retired Member: £180.00


Full Underemployed Member: £190.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £220.00


Associate Member: £220.00


Employer Funded BAAT Members: £255.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £285.00


Please create a Free Booking Account if you don't have one or are not a member, here:


Employer Funded places for members or non-members, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Request Form - Course Booking Form.docx

Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to:


Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.


Convenors: Sharon Herriot & Bethan Bäez-Devine

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