“All grief is not trauma, but all trauma has grief in it…”.  David Kessler

This masterclass will focus on the intersection between Trauma and the experience of Complicated Grief. Complicated Grief or Prolonged Grief Disorder is thought to affect approximately 7% of bereaved people – with this percentage increasing significantly among survivors of developmental trauma. Commonly clinicians struggle to identify it with survivors often instead treated for depression or PTSD. Within this masterclass we aim to:

  • Define Grief and Prolonged Mourning
  • Introduce the Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement
  • Explore the Neurological Impact of Complicated Grief
  • Discuss Risk Factors and Assessment of Complicated Grief
  • Explore the particular nuances of Grief after suicide/sudden death
  • Identify the Twin tasks of Complicated Grief
  • Introduce: Treatment of Complicated Grief

Date: Tuesday 24th May 2022

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Cost: $80

Online masterclass: A zoom link will be provided a few days prior to the workshop.

Additional resources, podcasts and books will be provided for those wishing to learn more on the subject.


About the presenters:

Jace Cannon-Brookes

Jace Cannon-Brookes

Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist

Co-Director of Birchtree: Centre of Excellence for Trauma, Addictions and Eating Disorders

Jace Cannon-Brookes has worked as a Clinical Psychologist across private and public settings. Her work has covered bereavement services, eating disorder units, and acute and general psychiatry. For fourteen years Jace worked within drug and alcohol centres, where she designed and co-ordinated a six week residential rehabilitation program, with a focus on the treatment of complex trauma for women with histories of substance dependence. Jace has also completed the intensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) training and subsequently co-ordinated the implementation of a 12 month out-patient DBT program. She has completed the Diploma of Psychotherapy with ANZAP. Jace has run trainings on Complex Trauma and DBT for NSW health services, NGO’s, professional colleagues, and within the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology programs at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr Sophie Reid

Dr Sophie Reid

Clinical Psychologist

Co-Director of Birchtree: Centre of Excellence for Trauma, Addictions and Eating Disorders

Sophie holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a PhD in psychology Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Sophie has been a clinically focused academic at Sydney University, Monash University, Melbourne University, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. She has supervised PhD, Masters and Honours students, and continues to collaborate on a number of projects in the trauma and eating disorder areas. Sophie has been a member of the Expert Working Committee for beyondblueSophie has extensive experience working with adults, children and adolescents, parents and families. Sophie specialises in helping both individuals and families experiencing childhood trauma, childhood illness and the associated trauma, eating disorders, grief and loss, addictions, couple and relationship issues. A passion for child advocacy has lead Sophie to focus her clinical work on helping people heal from the trauma of childhood/ adolescent difficulties and to assist people to become a more peaceful integrated self.