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Child Grief and Trauma

One day skills workshop

Presented by Cathy Banks

Grad.Dip Couns & Psychotherapy, B.Bus Psych/Mktg, Dip Mgt

Sudden and traumatic death impacts on children. Children’s exposure to the death of someone they love whether that is a parent, sibling, grandparent or pet is a painful experience.  The exposure usually requires some facilitation for the expression of feelings and the opportunity to ask questions about the loss or tragedy. This workshop looks at facilitation of expression through drawing, sandplay and creative methods allowing children to identify feelings and understand the loss through sensory means.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Provide an understanding of Crisis, Trauma, Loss & Grief for children aged 5-12 years

  • Explore children’s responses

  • Explore a range of tools to engage children to tell their story and express themselves to promote healing

  • Practice use of “tools” in engaging with children following crisis, trauma and loss.

  • Create a “toolbox” of resources to use with children.

About the Facilitator

Cathy Banks

(Grad.Dip Couns & Psychotherapy, B.Bus Psych/Mktg, Dip Mgt)


Cathy is an experienced Clinical Supervisor, ACA registered counsellor (COS #16575), psychotherapist and workplace trainer. She has gained experience in organisations such as ANZ Bank, Department of Corrective Services (Probation & Parole), public schools and private clinics. Cathy has also lived and worked in Dubai as a school counsellor, child protection consultant, and psychological supervisor. Cathy has returned to her hometown of Dubbo to provide specialist bereavement support counselling, workshop facilitation, volunteer training and support, and clinical supervision. In addition, Cathy is a very experienced and enthusiastic Sandplay therapist.


Gerry O'Leary

NALAG Head Office


Phone: 02 6882 9222

Workshop Dates & Locations

Sorry, there are currently no confirmed dates for this training.

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