Cruse Masterclasses


Cruse Bereavement and Irene Renzenbrink Masterclasses here for 2018!


Playing in the Ruins:  Developing an Arts Based Practice in Bereavement Care'

This Cruse Masterclass will enable participants to exercise their creative imagination and enhance their bereavement support skills through an understanding of the relatively new field of Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA).  An arts based approach to practice not only helps clients to heal the wounds of loss but also helps the practitioner to develop more effective self-care strategies. All people have an innate ability to be creative and the creative process has a healing power. Experiences of loss and bereavement can be shattering in many different ways and the expressive arts therapies have a vital role in the restoration of capacity and meaning construction.   

Whilst art making ability is not required, an appreciation of current bereavement models will help participants get the most from this masterclass.  In the words of Stephen K. Levine one of the founders of  EXA, “Who I am can often be understood in terms of what’s broken down in me, what ruins have been left for me to play with and to use to build something new.” 

Irene Renzenbrink is an Australian social worker with 40 years experience in the health care field, specializing in palliative care, grief counselling and death education.  Irene is a member of the prestigious invitational International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement founded by Dame Cicely Saunders with Dr. Colin Murray Parkes and other world leaders in 1974.  

In addition to her Masters Degree in Social Work she holds an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the European Graduate School in Switzerland.


Cost: £199 plus VAT with limited discounted places available for Cruse volunteers/staff and previous training attendees.  

Masterclass days are a 9.30am registration for a 10am start and will run until around 4-4.30pm in the afternoon.

Limted to 25 people per a Masterclass book now to avoid disappointment













Irene uses a very visual approach employing art and photography as well as music and drama. She is one of the most creative and stimulating presenters in modern palliative care and she is in demand at national and international meetings.”

 David Oliviere, former Director of Education and Training, St.Christopher’s Hospice 



For any questions or further information please feel free to call training on 0208 939 9542

Our courses are recognised by the National Counselling Society.






Bereaved at work

We can help you develop a bereavement policy, train managers and HR staff, and ensure that your organisation can offer an appropriate and timely response to bereaved employees.


Our new Cruse Masterclass selection will be delivered by eminent bereavement specialists, supported by Cruse Bereavement Care and hosted by Dr Colin Murray Parkes.


We offer a range of bereavement awareness training at venues across the UK, and can provide tailored in-house training to meet your organisation's needs.