Professional Grief Training

Grief and Loss Training Available

In association with Living through Loss Counselling Society of BC, the Vancouver Center for Loss & Bereavement offers Grief and Loss Training for Professionals.

All interested practitioners are welcome.

Level 1 – The Basics of Grief and Loss

Next Course

All classes full until November.
Now taking registrations for December 29, 2020.

About the Course

In association with Living through Loss Counselling Society of BC, the Vancouver Center for Loss & Bereavement, will be offering a 6 week on line training program for social workers, teachers, school counselors, crisis workers, therapists, palliative care nurses, funeral home employees, or any individual who wants to explore bereavement issues related to their clients or communities.

Module 1:

Grief & Loss: The Basics Introduction to grief & loss: the basics of bereavement- traditional & contemporary models of grief & loss;

Module 2:

Complex Bereavement Complicated Grief & Traumatic Loss

Module 3.

Special Issues in Complicated Grief & Traumatic Loss Multiple Losses, Ambiguous Mourning, Disenfranchised Grief, Anticipatory Mourning.

Module 4:

Bereavement: Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), Sudden Death Homicide, Suicide, Drug & Alcohol Related Deaths

Module 5:

Bereavement: Death in the Family child, parent, grandparents, beloved family members & friends (including pet loss)

Module 6: (a)

Caregiver resiliency caring for family and friends with chronic or terminal related diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer, Parkinson’s

Module 6: (b)

How Culture & Religion affect the way we grieve. The sessions are facilitated by a grief and loss therapist/trainer from the Centre. A mix of delivery mediums are integrated in the online forums from video, audio and Skype when able. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the training.

*The on line course can be offered to organizations or groups on a customized basis to meet time frames outside of the class dates offered.

Cost:

$515.00

Upcoming Courses

Dec 29 - Feb 02 – Register

 

Level 2 – Advanced Practices and Topics in Grief and Loss

Next Course

more dates coming soon

About the Course

A four week online professional training program for counsellors, therapists, social workers, school counsellors, crisis workers, palliative care nurses and hospice workers, funeral home employees, death doula’s, or any individual who wants to continue their exploration of bereavement issues, strategies and tools to assist their clients and/or communities where they live and serve.

Participants in Level 2 must have successfully completed Level 1 -The Basics, either an in-class or on-line offering.

The course format consists of a live presentation by the course facilitator/senior therapist on an advanced topic each week. Live presentations are interactive with class participants through q&a formats.

Participants have access to weekly materials covered in each of the four modules with supplemental articles and research if germane to the topics covered.

In some weeks the participants will be provided cases to review, analyze and present within the weekly Forum structure.

Pre-class start up each learner will be sent a survey on griever styles to complete. An overview of the styles and importance of understanding your own griever style will be presented in Week 1.

Module 1:

Building connection with the griever. Styles of grief and the importance to the counselling relationship; tools to use to build connection; the physicality of grief

Module 2:

Effective Modalities in working with a griever. EMDR, Neurofeedback, Choice theory & the Basic Needs, Case presentation and the application of these modalities

Module 3:

Special Issues in grief work. Understanding the criticality of secondary losses, Community grief, Workplace loss, mass layoffs, terminations, death in the workplace, including critical incident debrief protocols with a focus on grief & loss.

Module 4:

Growth and Development in grief. A look at strategies and practices for working with longer term clients in their grief work.  Case reviews and discussion on what growing in grief means to you and your clients. A mix of delivery mediums are integrated in the online forums from video, audio, and Zoom Video conferencing. A Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the training. *Any or all our online courses can be offered to organizations or groups on a customized basis to meet time frames and training goals outside of the class dates advertised.

Cost:

$520.00

Upcoming Courses

more dates coming soon

How to Facilitate a six-week Support Group for Grievers- Loss through Death Support Group

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more dates coming soon

About the Course

A two-week online course for any individual who wants to develop understanding and a method for facilitating a 6-week Loss through Death Group, in the organization, or community.

The online program is divided into two Modules presented each week by one of the Centre’s expert therapists/trainers. The format for the online course is a 30-minute live presentation by the course facilitator at the start of each week. Participants go online to review weekly material and participate with other registrants and facilitators in Forum questions and answers.

Module 1: Week 1

30-minute live presentation- covering general introduction of grief and loss, review of models of grief, elements of an effective support group, an in-depth review of sessions 1, 2 & 3 of your six-week support group

Module 2: Week 2

30-minute live presentation- covering questions arising from Week 1 Forum discussions, in depth review of sessions 4, 5 & 6 of the six-week support group. Session 6 covers things to think about when you are in your last session with the group; some rituals and practices and closing off activities are presented.

Sessions are facilitated by a grief and loss therapist/trainer from the Centre.

A mix of delivery mediums are integrated in the online forums from video, audio, Skype when applicable to the class.

A Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the training.

*Any or all our online courses can be offered to organizations or groups on a customized basis to meet time frames and training goals outside of the class dates advertised.

Cost:

$295.00 (includes a copy of the How-to Manual)

Upcoming Courses

more dates coming soon

How to Facilitate a Support Group for Carers: After the Death of a Person with Dementia, Alzheimer, and other Brain Related Disease.

Next Course

more dates coming soon

About the Course

A two-week online course for any individual who wants to develop understanding and a method for facilitating a 6-week support group for individuals who have suffered the death of a loved one attributable to Alzheimer’s or a Dementia related disease.

The online program is divided into two Modules presented each week by one of the Centre’s expert therapists/trainers. The format for the online course is a 30-minute live presentation by the course facilitator at the start of each week. Participants go online to review weekly material and participate with other registrants and facilitators in Forum questions and answers.

Module 1: Week 1

30-minute live presentation- unique characteristics and aspects of deaths related to terminal illnesses, specifically Alzheimer and Dementia related diseases; general introduction of grief and loss, review of models of grief, elements of an effective support group, an in-depth review of sessions 1, 2 & 3 of your six-week support group

Module 2: Week 2

30-minute live presentation- covering questions arising from Week 1 Forum discussions, discussion on the uniqueness of protracted deaths; disenfranchised loss and an in-depth review of sessions 4, 5 & 6 of the six-week support group. Session 6 covers things to think about when you are in your last session with the group; some rituals and practices and closing off activities are presented.

Sessions are facilitated by a grief and loss therapist/trainer from the Centre.

A mix of delivery mediums are integrated in the online forums from video, audio, Skype when applicable to the class.

A Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the training.

  • *Any or all our online courses can be offered to organizations or groups on a customized basis to meet time frames and training goals outside of the class dates advertised.

Cost:

$295.00 (includes a copy of the How-to Manual)

Upcoming Courses

more dates coming soon

Special Topics in Grief & Loss: Understanding Grief and Loss in the Workplace

Next Course

more dates coming soon

About the Course

A three week online professional training program for counsellors, therapists, social workers, human resources personnel, managers, supervisors, school counsellors, crisis workers, palliative care nurses and hospice workers, funeral home employees, death doula’s, or any individual who wants to continue their exploration of bereavement issues, strategies and tools to assist their clients and/or communities where they live and serve.

The course format consists of a live presentation by the course facilitator/senior therapist on the advanced topic each week. Live presentations are interactive with class participants through q&a formats.

Participants have access to weekly materials covered in each of the three modules with supplemental articles and research if germane to the topics covered.

In some weeks the participants will be provided cases to review, analyze and present within the weekly Forum structure.

Pre-class start up each learner will be sent a survey on griever styles to complete. An overview of the styles and importance of understanding your own griever style will be presented in Week 1.

 

Module 1: Week 1

45-minute live presentation- covering general introduction of grief and loss, review of models of grief, understanding the criticality of secondary losses, and review of griever review of griever styles.

Module 2: Week 2

45-minute live presentation Grief in the workplace. Employers, leaders, managers, and employees may not understand the impact that unrecognized or supported grief can have on an organizations culture and bottom line, examination of elements of effective support systems for grievers, within and external to an organization.

Module 3: Week 3

45- minute live presentation. Organizational/community grief, Workplace loss, mass layoffs, terminations, death in the workplace, including critical incident debrief protocols with a focus on grief & loss.

Sessions are facilitated by a grief and loss therapist/trainer from the Centre.

A mix of delivery mediums are integrated in the online forums from video, audio, Skype when applicable to the class.

A Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the training.

Cost:

$395.00

Upcoming Courses

more dates coming soon

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Who will benefit from this training?

Professionals such as:

  • counsellors
  • therapists
  • social workers
  • school counselors
  • crisis workers
  • palliative care nurses
  • hospice workers
  • funeral home employees
  • death doulas

Certification

A certificate will be awarded upon completion of the training.

On-line Training

A mix of delivery mediums are integrated in the online forums from video, audio, Skype when applicable to the class.

The on-line course can be offered to organizations or groups on a customized basis to meet time frames outside of the class dates offered.

Instructors

The sessions are facilitated by a grief and loss therapist/trainer from the Centre.

 

Upcoming Training

Level 1 – The Basics of Grief and Loss

All classes full until November.
More classes will be added in the fall.

Dec 29 - Feb 02 | Register

Level 2 – Advanced Practices and Topics in Grief and Loss

more dates coming soon

Special Topics in Grief & Loss:  Understanding Grief and Loss in the Workplace

more dates coming soon

How to Facilitate a six-week Support Group for Grievers – Loss through Death Support Group

more dates coming soon

How to Facilitate a Support Group for Carers: After the Death of a Person with Dementia, Alzheimer, and other Brain Related Disease.

more dates coming soon

Training Resource Materials Available – Manuals

How to Facilitate a Six- Week Loss through Death Support Group

This manual covers a step by step method used by Grief Therapists at Living through Loss Counselling Society of BC for running a six-week support group for individuals who have suffered a loss through death.

The manual is useful to anyone who wants to develop a general understanding of loss and grief and a method for facilitating a Loss through Death Support Group, either in their volunteer work, counselling practice, work organization, or community.

The manual contains materials on how to start a support group, keep the group effectively moving forward and closing a group off, acknowledging that it is another loss for participants.

Each weekly session provides detailed information on how to run the week, objectives for the facilitator for each week, materials to keep in mind as they work with participants in their weekly support group sessions and handouts that align with the weekly goals of the group.

A 30-minute consult with one of our Grief Therapists is included in the  purchase price of the manual to review any questions you may have either before you start a group or after you have used the manual to run a group on your own.

 

Cost:

$195.00 (CAD) 
plus shipping and handling

  • $5.95 within Canada
  • $9.95 International
within Canada

 

international

How to Facilitate a Six- Week Support Group for Carers

This manual covers a step by step method used by Grief Therapists at Living through Loss Counselling Society of BC for running a six-week support group for individuals who have suffered the death of someone due to dementia or brain related disease or trauma.

The manual is useful to laypersons and practicing counsellors/therapists. The manual provides a general understanding of what is loss and grief and the characteristics and nuisance of supporting grievers who have lived a protracted caregiving experience with a person with a dementia or brain related disease or trauma, leading to death.

The manual contains materials relevant to support the facilitators understanding of the uniqueness of running a group of this nature.

The introductory section covers the significance of facilitating this type of group, the impact of anticipatory grief on the caregiving experience and a review of dementia caregiving, bereavement, and the post caring experience. In addition, how to start a support group, keep the group effectively moving forward and closing a group off, acknowledging that it is another loss for participants.

Each weekly session provides detailed information on how to run the week, objectives for the facilitator for each week, materials to keep in mind as they work with participants in their weekly support group sessions and handouts that align with the weekly goals of the group.

A 30-minute consult with one of our Grief Therapists is included in the  purchase price of the manual to review any questions you may have either before you start a group or after you have used the manual to run a group on your own.

Cost:

$195.00 (CAD)
plus shipping and handling

  • $5.95 within Canada
  • $9.95 International
within Canada


international


What  Participants have said about our Courses

Level 1 online: The Basics-Grief & Loss

The strengths of this course are the materials, videos and written content were a good mix. Consistent facilitator feedback and validation was appreciated. The facilitator made it possible for me to consider that I have the ability to help others in the next stage of my career!!

Graduate

2020

The strengths of this course are that is presents practical and complimentary techniques. The facilitators real life examples are extremely helpful to increase understanding. The breadth and depth of the facilitators knowledge and skill level. – It was valuable to me because it gave me a better understanding of grief and loss.

Leticia Clattenburg

2020

I really enjoyed the content and thought the forum discussion questions were excellent!

I found the amount of content to be enough to really lean into but not too much to feel overwhelmed. I am registered in Level 2 and looking forward to it.!

Emily Watson

2020

There was a nice variety in the course material. I loved the techniques and tools that were provided so I not only gained knowledge but tangible tools to now use in my job setting.

The videos were a nice change from just reading. The articles helped provide further information for the weeks topic.

Megan Hamilton

2019

I am so grateful for this opportunity for online learning. Living in a remote area is difficult sometimes to access quality training easily. Thank you so much for providing this. I really found the ability to take part in discussion most helpful and to read other’s answers.

Jo Anne Alexander

2019

Loved this course – the readings, the assignments and the responses from our facilitator. Each week I was impressed with how much information I learned and retained.

Jacci

2019

I’ve gotten exactly what I was looking for,  which was a better understanding of grief and bereavement.

I feel that I’ve grown personally and that I’ve ventured into some places that I have previously closed off and did so with eyes wide open.  I believe that I will be able to help people in their grief management and especially with the help of professional grief counsellors.

Rob Vreugde

2018

I enjoyed the dialogue between the facilitators and other students – I learned a lot!  Thanks for the wonderful course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very engaging.

Bev Nolan

2018

The  the content was great.  It is also very interesting to hear from other participants. Great set up! Thoroughly enjoyed the course and I learned so much! Thank you!

Beth Kish

Exec. Director, Peace Arch Hospice Society

Level 2 Online: Advanced Practices

Good facilitation and time management while using Zoom as a classroom. Very relevant information and a clear explanation of the importance and use of information provided throughout. Creating safety in the classroom so participants feel comfortable speaking up.

Dr. Genevieve Brule

2020

The greatest strengths are the instructors and guest speakers! It is great to learn by their experience.

Shauna Starr

2020

The greatest strengths of the course are the instructors! Their experience and willingness to share case studies based upon people they have helped are invaluable. I also appreciated the guest speakers who brought new perspectives and information to the course. I always appreciate the depth of material covered and it was so helpful to see a demonstration of EMDR and to learn about Neurofeedback.

Mary Lucas

2020

Greatest strengths the two facilitators combined years of experience and nice balance of PDF’s and Videos.

Duncan O’Mahony

2020

The instructor feedback has always been extremely strong and delivered in a conversational manner that was highly digestible and engaging.  The course content was always overflowing (in a positive way) with multimedia delivery of content and demonstration. Very important for those of us who are visual learners.  Case study analysis was the most challenging and engaging way to utilize all the distilled learnings from this class and previous classes.

Patricia Rapske

2019

The greatest strengths of this course are the role plays offered, live sessions each week, guest speakers to offer personal and professional learnings. And tools/skills offered-not just information but tools you could take and utilize.

Megan Hamilton

2019

Online: How to Facilitate a 6 week Loss through Death Support Group

The greatest strengths of the course was the knowledge and experience of the facilitators.

Cheryl Hansen

2019

The material presented via conference call was very clear and helpful to the work I did each week online. Great course, thank you!

Lisa Lenz

2019

I found the greatest strengths of the course to be the handouts and the journaling prompts. I can see adapting those both into the bereavement walking group that I co-facilitate.

I can see how the information that I learned here will change things in my practice especially coming from the bereavement perspective.

Jennifer Brooker

2019

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice(email or in writing) at least three business days before the course begins to be eligible for a refund (less a $50 administration fee). Withdrawal from the course once it has started will be handled on a case by case basis.

On-line Training Link

The following is the link to our On-line Training website.  You will receive a username and password to log in.

http://training.livingthroughloss.ca