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Grief and Loss in Professional Practice: February 2022


Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - Thursday, February 24, 2022

9:30 AM - 12 PM

Online via Zoom  

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Learn to Identify, acknowledge and process professional loss

This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email

Grieving professional losses is important and necessary to help prevent compassion fatigue and burnout in human service work. As the saying goes, "the only cure for grief is to grieve."  
Helping professionals often form strong workplace bonds, putting them at risk for complex feelings of loss when these bonds end or change. Losses may include organizational restructuring, the departure of a co-worker, the end of a client relationship, or, in more serious circumstances, when someone dies. Experiencing strong feelings during these times can be confusing, as these emotions may not be acknowledged or validated by social workplace norms; this is known as "disenfranchised grief."
In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify, acknowledge and process losses; honour and work with grief in a professional context; maintain professional boundaries, and practice restorative and compassionate self-care.
Workshop Highlights

  • Identifying and understanding ambiguous and disenfranchised grief
  • Honouring emotions while remaining boundaried in our work
  • Supporting yourself and others through loss in professional practice
  • Practice examples and scenarios

Dates and Times

Tuesday, February 22, and Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

About the facilitator 

Jodie McDonald 
is a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector, working in crisis and suicide intervention, family support, and mental health. She has an MSW specializing in Community Development and is particularly interested in the impact of frontline human service work on the worker, the traits and experiences that draw workers to this field, and how to best support these valuable people in their essential work. Jodie teaches in the Studies in Women and Gender Department at Vancouver Island University, and is also an Integrative Body Psychotherapist in private practice.


This workshop will take place via Zoom. Participants will be emailed the login information. The cost is per person.