Loss and Grief Work with Adults

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“Grief has no rules, mourn your own way” was the theme of Grief Week in 2013. What does this mean and how do we support people who are grieving when our understanding of loss and grief has changed much over the last 30 years? This workshop will provide you with a general understanding and skills involved in supporting people through loss, grief and bereavement. Multiple types of losses will be discussed such as the physical, social, psychological, spiritual and community losses. Supporting bereaved people and their needs both in the early days and in the long term of their grief process will be explored.

The specialised needs of people affected by suicide loss will be identified. Develop healing strategies that transform this type of loss into a possible opportunity to prevent further losses.

This course will help you understand the variety of cultural and spiritual differences in loss and introduce you to rituals that help people work through their loss and grief.

We will have a conversation about what to say when we are stuck for words when talking about loss and practise communicating with someone who is grieving in a more authentic and helpful way.

At the end of the course you will be able to identify clients who are at risk and provide appropriate referral sources. You will also be encouraged to look at your own issues around loss and the need for self-nurturing and supervision when working with the bereaved.

This course will help you to:

  • Engage empathically with people who are living with loss
  • Identify effects and impact of loss and features of grief
  • Learn how to listen and what to say
  • Provide support for individuals who are grieving and identify potential for healing and growth
  • Identify, inform and refer to appropriate grief and bereavement care services and resources
  • Identify and understand the needs of those who are bereaved by suicide and provide support
  • Appreciate the importance of working with ‘the why?’ of suicide
  • Recognise the impact of the aftermath of suicide
  • Identify suicide prevention strategies in the aftermath of suicide
  • Review warning signs, risk factors and prevention strategies
  • Identify appropriate self care resources and how to access appropriate supervision and debriefing

Who should attend?

Anyone who is working with people experiencing loss and grief

Please note: If you wish to undertake assessment for this course, enrol in the Assessment Only version of this course as well as this workshop.