Impacts of trauma and loss & grief on adults

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A lot has changed in our understanding of supporting adults through loss and grief over the last 30 years. What does this mean and how do we support people who are grieving? When does loss become a traumatic loss and what impacts does it have on the grieving experience?

This workshop will provide you with a general understanding and skills involved in supporting people through loss, grief and bereavement. It also aims to raise awareness of the nature and potential impact of traumatic events on the individual and the community. 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 living with their will be explored.

The specialised needs of people affected by suicide loss, a traumatic 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 identify 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. Elements of compassionate communication will be identified.

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:

  • Explain current grief and loss theories in context of impacts of trauma
  • Identify effects and impact of trauma, loss and features of grief
  • Describe the need to hold loss and grief in a framework of diversity and non-judgement
  • List some practical loss and grief strategies that may support adults during this this critical time in their lives
  • Learn how to listen more compassionately when adults are experiencing the impacts of trauma and loss and grief
  • 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 traumatic 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 and self-compassion resources and how to access appropriate supervision and debriefing

Who shlould attend?

Anyone who is working with people experiencing loss and grief