In this course, Dr. Sarah Wayland explains what ambiguous loss and anticipatory and disenfranchised grief are, shares which evidence-based theoretical models work to underpin missing persons counselling, and helps you to understand the lived experience of those left behind through two simulations.
About this course
In this course, ambiguous loss expert Dr. Sarah Wayland explains how training to help clients cope with ambiguous loss is based on the theoretical constructs of understanding what ambiguous loss is and how to help clients with both anticipatory and disenfranchised grief. She shares several evidence-based models: the trauma-informed approach, the both/and approach, and the narrative therapy approach, which incorporates three healing narratives. Dr. Wayland stages two simulations: (1) with “Alex”, whose brother is missing; and (2) with “Jen”, whose husband is. She draws insights for mental health helpers from the experiences of these “clients”.