Childhood Bereavement Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Next intake September 2014

Course Dates: 

Mon, 1 Sep, 2014


St Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham

Programme leader

  • Isobel Bremner Lead Tutor and Candle Project Team Leader, St Christopher’s Hospice


  • Isobel Bremner Lead Tutor and Candle Project Team Leader, St Christopher’s Hospice
  • Emma Lupton Candle Project Worker, St Christopher’s Hospice
  • Patsy Way Candle Project Worker, St Christopher’s Hospice

Admissions and assessment tutor

  • Jean Hindmarch Projects Director, Help the Hospices

St Christopher’s Hospice and Help the Hospices are working in partnership to deliver the UK's first stand-alone university-validated programmes in childhood bereavement. Teaching is led by staff from the Candle Project, which provides bereavement support to children and families in south-east London. Leading expert practitioners from the field of childhood bereavement and related disciplines teach on the course.

Guest lecturers include: Dame Barbara Monroe, Dr Colin Murray Parkes, David Trickey, Alison Penny and Dr Jane McCarthy.

These innovative programmes, validated by Middlesex University, are offered as a Diploma and a Postgraduate Certificate. Each of the programmes is taught as two modules on a parttime basis over nine months. Students will be required to attend:

  • two non-residential sessions at the beginning and end of the course at St Christopher's Hospice, London SE26 6DZ and
  • six one-day sessions at Help the Hospices, London WC1X 9JG

While the programmes offer a unique opportunity to link theory to practice, they will not lead to any kind of accreditation or contribution to a qualification in clinical practice such as that offered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Working with Bereaved Children, Young People and Families: Module 1 (Diploma: 20 credits at Level 2); Module 3 (Postgraduate Certificate: 20 credits at Level 4)

  • Theories of bereavement
  • child development; loss through the life-cycle; the family context
    the death of a child – the family perspective
  • pre-bereavement issues
  • children bereaved by a traumatic death
  • assessment issues
  • working with individuals, with families and in groups
  • brief versus extended interventions, telephone work and
  • supervision and support.

Context and Framework: Module 2 (Diploma: 20 Credits at Level 2); Module 4 (Postgraduate Certificate: 20 Credits at Level 4)

  • Service development: assessing need and setting up a service
  • setting standards for service delivery: recordkeeping; monitoring and maintaining quality; working with volunteers
  • inter-agency working; referral to other services; working with minority groups
  • legal issues and report writing
  • a parent’s perspective and
  • training issues for service providers: resources; methods; reflective practice.

Extended study for Postgraduate Certificate students

An extended essay – the chosen topic of which should relate to material covered in both Modules 3 and 4 and which should make reference to the real-life experiences of children and/or of young people and their families.

Further information or applications
Administrative Officer, Childhood Bereavement Programmes, Help the Hospices, 34-44 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JG
Telephone 020 7520 8200
Fax 020 7278 1021

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