Reflections on using the RRL and AAG

Practice purposes of the AAG

  • As an assessment measure
  • As a way of engaging with the ‘story’ of loss
  • For discussing and sharing the goals for intervention/support
  • As a guide to intervention
  • For reviewing progress
  • As an outcome measure

Practice processes for using the AAG

  • Format for introducing and using the AAG
  • Systems for exploration and interpretation of the AAG scores 
  • Exploration of the scores and the qualitative elements of the client’s story generated by the AAG
  • Use of the client’s AAG responses in supervision and for other clinical discussion/reflection
  • Recording AAG data from individual practitioners and across the service to obtain evidence of practice processes and outcomes. 

Ensuring practice competence 

Good practice depends on knowledge, understanding and skill. A commitment to developing knowledge and understanding and making opportunities to develop good practice skills is an ongoing task for service leaders, supervisors, and practitioners. 

Knowledge UnderstandingSkill
Theory: the 2 dimensional Range of Response to Loss model (RRL)The conceptual link between the RRL and AAGDemonstrate:
Clinical judgment about the timing of the use of the AAG
Conceptual link between the RRL and other grief theoriesThe role of the AAG in facilitating bereavement careAble to communicate the AAG’s purpose to the client
Conceptual link between the RRL and AAGThe function of the AAG for assessment, monitoring and outcome Able to use the AAG sensitively to prompt authentic responses and conversations
Processes and procedures for using the AAG to engage with a client and their griefHow the RRL and AAG function therapeuticallyAble to use the RRL and AAG as effectives guides to support/intervention