1 October 2019, Birmingham


A multi-disciplinary masterclass which will use the concept of disenfranchised grief to deepen knowledge around grief and enhance existing skills.  Enabling professionals to better understand and address the bereavement needs of children and young people with additional needs, including those on the autism spectrum.

Target audience – Any professional working with bereaved children and young people with additional needs, including those in bereavement services, residential care and educational settings.

Entry-level requirements –  Delegates must have attended a Child Bereavement UK workshop in the last five years, or provide evidence of having attended a recognised bereavement training course, showing a knowledge of developmental aspects of the understanding of death and the manifestations of grief.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this Masterclass, participants will:

  • Gain understanding of the application of theories of grief and grief resolution in relation to children and young people with additional needs
  • Be informed of current research findings regarding grief and its manifestation in this population
  • Through the concept of disenfranchised grief, to explore and deepen understanding of the socio-contextual factors contributing to increased risk of traumatic grief
  • Explore creative ways of working with bereaved children and young people with additional needs
  • Explore the use of various practical tools to facilitate greater access to appropriate support for children and young people with additional needs
  • Through the sharing of experience and case study, to identify and address the particular challenges of working with this group of children and young people.



Book your place 

To book your place, please complete the booking form and return to the Training Department or call us on 01494 568909.


Dr. Katie Koehler, C. Psychol.

Katie is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working with children and families and of providing supervision for professionals providing direct services.

Katie has a particular interest in working with children with developmental difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders and has developed services within the NHS for parents of children with such difficulties.  Katie has facilitated training for us for the past nine years and for eight and a half of those years was our Deputy Director of Bereavement Services and Education.

Vice President, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ( 2013+)