Develop a critical awareness of Attachment theory and knowledge of grief theory;
Develop an understanding on issues of abuse, relationship formation, maintenance and breakdown of relationships including abuse and loss of identity; and ‘loss of identity’ issues.
Integrate a theoretical understanding of issues around relationships into their work with clients.
Choose between the following:
Title: Demonstrate a critical understanding of grief theory with reference to self, and self as a Person-Centred Practitioner.
Start by exploring some of the relevant theories of loss; Its important here to acknowledge that there are different ways of viewing loss and grief – from models which emphasis stages/phases/tasks….to other approaches which look more at the processes of grief such as Stroebe & Schut and Wilson’s ‘Whirlpool of grief’. Another approach (Bowlby) attempts to look instead at how early attachment style might impact on our individual responses to loss (secure, avoidant, resistant) – are there themes in terms of how we respond to loss? It’s important that you give the reader a sense of these along with any valid evaluation.
You must offer some critical evaluation.
What is good about knowledge around theories of loss – how might this enhance our practice? (framework/way of understanding grief/normalises it) but also consider how these models sit alongside this approach which is non-directive/non-expert/clients’ autonomy where the client’s phenomenology remains paramount. How does this sit within models that predict a process?
What possible tensions might this present to you (counsellors) who work in a PC way. Are there newer models/approaches to exploring or understanding loss? Do they add to the more traditional models? You might use them as reflective commentary.
Use the theories to help you explore your grief/loss (keep this brief and focused).
How have the theories helped you to make sense of your response to loss?
If the theory helps you to have a better understanding then it’s hoped it will help you have a better understanding of your client’s response to loss.