Childhood Bereavement Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate
At a glance
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