'Helping Children With Loss' A Unique Training Programme
In August 2020 I undertook further training to be able to deliver the amazing Grief UK's loss-supporting programme - 'Help Children With Loss.' This 4 week programme has at it's core the need to improve the emotional wellbeing of our children. The training is available to anyone who works with or cares for a child... As my trainer said "Anyone who breathes near a child, should do this course".
"To watch a child grieve and not know what to do is a profoundly difficult experience for parents, teachers and caregivers. Yet, there are guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong healthy response to loss.
In 'When Children Grieve' the authors offer a cutting-edge volume to free children from the false idea of "not feeling bad" and to empower them with positive, effective methods of dealing with loss."
I really enjoy delivering this programme - To date participants have been from a wonderful mix of backgrounds including: pre-school managers, family support workers, a dance teacher, a counselling student, primary school teachers, teaching assistants and a hypnotherapist. All fed back on how eye-opening the training was; with reference to their own life experiences as well as that of the children in their care.
What can you expect from the sessions?
Each week we discuss how society in the main has got it so wrong (for so long) and how we can inadvertently cause so much emotional damage; as we pass down to our children incorrect or unhelpful emotional language and the learnt behaviour copied from our peers, parents, grandparents and professional elders. And this continues in a never-ending cycle. Each session is a combination of listening, sharing ideas and personal experiences - whether that is in a private or a professional capacity. There are some interactive session tasks too.
Current training is to groups of four or six participants and all sessions are online. Each person receives their own handbook 'When Children Grieve - For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving and Other Losses', and each week there is reading assigned. There is also weekly reflection required from all participants in between the sessions too.
Who wrote the programme?
This fantastic programme has been written by a select group of exceptional teachers and counsellors who are also Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialists like myself.
Who is this programme for?
This training programme is for anyone who works withor cares for children; parents, grandparents, guardians, carers, teaching staff, nurses, doctors, social activity coaches, etc . Everyone would benefit from the life-changing knowledge that is imparted.
How much is it?
The price of the 4week training (2hours/week) training is £160 each participant.
Can you be in a group with work colleagues?
Yes, as long as there are enough of you.
How do you book a place?
Please contact me by email at: email@example.com or through the contact page on this website.
A testimonial from one of the lovely 'Helping Children With Loss' participants on my pilot programme. October 2020- THANK YOU so much for your kind words.
I have recently completed a four week course with Dawn and I must say what an incredible course. The course taught me to see loss in a different way and to hopefully support those who are grieving any form of loss, with an open heart and a listening ear. We often say how resilient children are and yes they are but this course has shown me that our children are often being resilient because it has been modelled to or been expected of by the adults in their lives. We often put on a brave face for our children and think we can’t show our emotions in front of them through fear of upsetting them.
The course that Dawn offers is a fantastic tool for anyone working with or dealing with young children. It is definitely something I am implementing in my daily practice and has reinforced that it is okay to be sad, it is okay to miss something or someone. It is okay to grieve the loss of something or someone openly and emotionally.
So let’s all remind ourselves and our children that showing emotion isn’t a weakness, missing a loved one isn’t being weak or not coping it is human nature. Dawn thank you so much!