Professional Development

Invisible Tears: An Exploration of Non-Death Related Grief of Children and Young People in OOHC

This insightful workshop will look at the grief experiences of children and young people in out-of-home-care (OOHC). These grief experiences will look at non-death related experiences and the impact going into care has on the emotional, physical, spiritual, and developmental life cycle. Topics covered will include grief and loss; disenfranchised grief; ambiguous loss; chronic sorrow; continuing bonds; non-finite loss and all the accumulated losses that children and young people encounter when they enter the system as a “foster child.”

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Articulate the key elements of grief and loss;
  • Articulate the key elements on non-death related grief;
  • Increase their confidence and skills in respectful engagement about grief and loss;
  • Increase their confidence and skills in working with children and young people who have experienced all types of loss, including ambiguous loss, disenfranchised grief, chronic sorrow, and non-finite loss, and
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on information discussed.

Who should attend this workshop?

Staff working in OOHC (Out of Home Care)


Manny Kassiotis has worked in the child and family welfare sector for over 15 years with extensive experience supporting children and young people affected by grief and trauma both in Australia and overseas. Manny works within a human rights, social justice and child protection framework, with a particular emphasis on supporting those affected by grief and loss. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Arts (Theology), and he is on the Board of Directors for CaraCare. Manny is passionate about providing training that not only informs but provides strong skill-building. With over 10 years’ experience facilitating training and seminars in the community sector, Manny is a key member of the Cara team. Manny has presented training seminars and conferences at both a state and national level and has successfully provided training particularly around grief and loss (with an emphasis on sibling grief), ambiguous loss and missing person’s issues, trauma-informed care in a child protection context, and self-care.

More Information

LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

Code: WS2322

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Online Workshop


Wednesday 27 April 2022


9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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Online Workshop


Online via Zoom


  • Member: $45.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $59.95 + GST

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