Professional Grief Training

Grief and Loss Training Available

All interested practitioners are welcome.

“My team and I are so grateful we had the opportunity to take the Level 1 course.  The material and resources provided were so thorough yet practical and not overwhelming.  The combination of self-led learning, interactive discussion boards and live Zoom meetings with the facilitators was such a unique way to deliver the course and made it a rich learning experience.  The facilitators were extremely knowledgeable, accessible and supportive and the live discussions were definitely my favourite part of the course.  I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone working in the social service field, because as the facilitators highlighted, everyone who “walks through your door” is coming to you because of some type of loss in their life.”
~November 2020

Ashley Palmer, MSW, RSW

Supervisor, Matawa Education & Care Centre Partnership Program, Thunder Bay, Ontario

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

Level 1 – The Basics of Grief and Loss

Next Course

Jun 30, 2022 - Aug 11, 2022 – Register

About the Course

Level 1 facilitated, is an online course designed for professionals working in mental health, social services, healthcare practitioners, caregivers, support service workers, including but not limited to social workers, educators, school counselors, crisis workers, therapists, palliative care nurses, death doula’s, funeral directors/employees, or any individual who wants to explore bereavement issues and understand the impact of grief and loss.

The six-week six module course covers the following topics in grief and loss:

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/Prolonged Grief & Traumatic Loss

Module 3
Special Issues in Complicated Grief & Traumatic Loss
Multiple Losses, Ambiguous Mourning, Disenfranchised Grief, Anticipatory Mourning. Impact of COVID loss, caring for family and friends with chronic or terminal related diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer, Parkinson’s and other related topics are discussed

Module 4
Homicide, Suicide, and Traumatic Death
In addition topics Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), Drug & Alcohol Related Deaths are discussed

Module 5
Bereavement: Death of a Child, Death of Parent
Discussion of death in a family child, parent, grandparents, beloved family members & friends (including pet loss)

Module 6
Bereavement:  Culture, Religion & Ritual
The impact of culture and religion on how we grieve and the importance of rituals in griefwork

  • 30-36 hours of online in-class time
  • 4 facilitated Zoom review sessions
  • Facilitators available weekly in class
  • 6-month access to course material post completion of Level 1
  • Supplemental materials added throughout the year on new developments or topics in grief and loss, TEDx, Papers, Journal Articles and Tools
  • Facilitators are experienced grief therapists and trainers
  • A certificate awarded upon successful completion

Cost:

$595.00

*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.

Upcoming Courses

Jun 30, 2022 - Aug 11, 2022 – Register
Aug 18, 2022 - Oct 06, 2022 – Register
Nov 03, 2022 - Dec 15, 2022 – Register

 

Level 2 – Advanced Practices and Topics in Grief and Loss

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Jul 08, 2022 - Aug 05, 2022 – Register Now

About the Course

Level 2 is a four week online professional training program designed for counsellors, therapists, social workers, school counsellors, crisis workers, palliative care nurses and hospice workers, funeral home employees, death doulas, 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 in-class or on-line offering from Living through Loss Counselling within the past 5 years.

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 via secure Zoom Meeting protocol.

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

Participants will be provided cases to review, analyze and present within the weekly Forum structure. Practice and role plays may be conducted during the weekly 2 hour zoom sessions contingent upon participants wants and needs to present their own case or one selected from the module material.

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 along with a burnout questionnaire used as a baseline measurement for professionals in helping public domain occupations. This is part of the self-care component of the course.

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 and Analytics in working with a griever. Measurement Indices are presented and discussed; The Shear -16 step Complicated/Prolonged Grief Protocol, Traumatic Grief Modalities such as EMDR, Neurofeedback, Choice theory & the Basic Needs, are presented and discussed. Case presentation and the application of these modalities analytic tools are reviewed.

Module 3:
Special Issues in grief work. Understanding the criticality of secondary losses, Global grief, Eco-anxiety and climate and ecological grief and pandemic loss, 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.

  • 20 hours of online in class time
  • 4 zoom sessions – 8 hours for case presentations, role plays and guest presentations
  • Weekly office hours with facilitators
  • Facilitators all grief therapists/trainers
  • Class size increased by 25% to 12 participants/class
  • A Certificate awarded upon successful completion of the training

Course Fee: $550.00

 

Upcoming Courses

Jul 08, 2022 - Aug 05, 2022 – Register
Oct 07, 2022 - Oct 28, 2022 – Register

How to Facilitate a 6 week 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 their organization, or community. This course has been modified to train both facilitating an in-person support group or online virtual support group. The material can be adapted to other loss support groups, not just a loss through death.

The online program is divided into two Modules presented each week by one of the Centre’s expert grief therapists/trainers. The format for the online course is a weekly Zoom meeting where the course facilitator provides an opportunity for course participants to ask questions for further understanding and deeper discussions of topics in grief and loss, specific to the type of loss through death the participant may be thinking to offer in their community. Participants go online to review weekly material, participate with other participants, and course facilitators in Forum questions and answers.

Introduction:  

a 30-minute Zoom is scheduled on day one of the online class opening, to provide participants and facilitators a chance to introduce themselves, review the course expectations and answer any questions participants may have.

Module 1: Week 1

Covers a general introduction of concepts and approaches in 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

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

  • 10-12 hours of online in-class time
  • 3 facilitated Zoom Review Sessions
  • Facilitators are experienced grief therapists and trainers
  • A Certificate awarded upon successful completion
  • Class size limited to 8

Cost:

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

Upcoming Courses

more dates coming soon

How to Facilitate a 6 week Support Group for Caregivers

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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 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

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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

Jun 30, 2022 - Aug 11, 2022 | Register
Aug 18, 2022 - Oct 06, 2022 | Register
Nov 03, 2022 - Dec 15, 2022 | Register

Level 2 – Advanced Practices and Topics in Grief and Loss

Jul 08, 2022 - Aug 05, 2022 | Register
Oct 07, 2022 - Oct 28, 2022 | Register

How to Facilitate a 6 week Loss through Death Support Group

more dates coming soon

How to Facilitate a 6 week Support Group for Caregivers

more dates coming soon

What  Participants have said about our Courses

Level 1 online: The Basics-Grief & Loss

The wealth of information he two facilitators bring to the table and the concise and succinct manner the information is presented was helpful. The quick responses to the assignments and questions were completely unexpected and I learned so much more from reading  everyone’s comments. I really enjoyed the videos and the additional of facilitator comments about clients they have worked with. That really helped add to my  understanding. I feel like this course flew by, yet you still provided us with so much information for a beginner level 1 course. I would say that I would love to see more of everything, but how on earth would you fit it in?!

Kirstie S.

2022

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

The greatest strengths of the course were the six Modules, questions/responses -sharing, Zoom meet up’s – I think you have nailed it! I really enjoyed the sprinkling in of videos and really appreciated the video of a conversation between Pat and Lynette, client -therapist on the death of her son. In terms of adding material, I would find it helpful to hear more conversations between grief therapists and clients. Language is SO important and hearing seasoned therapists in action would be beneficial.

Vicki B

2022

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  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

I think this course is exactly what is needed for those who have been working in the field of grief and trauma and are looking for a course that compliments, applies and builds on work experiences instead of being an academic 101 program. It is all encompassing. The facilitators were extremely knowledgeable and the materials were anchored in evidence based work. The zoom sessions were particularly appreciated as supplemental learning opportunities.

Cheryl McFarlane

2021

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

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 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

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

Shauna Starr

2020

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

Duncan O’Mahony

2020

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

I attended the living Through Loss course in November and am doing my first workshop. The feedback is wonderful and I have a great group to support eachother. The material is easy to provide and work with. Thank you again for this instruction.  

Janet Zatorski

2021

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

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

Cheryl Hansen

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