"There is no doubt that the childhood bereavement course gave me the experience and academic underpinning that led directly to my role with SeeSaw."
Helen Mackinnon, Director of SeeSaw
Working in Childhood Bereavement courses from St Christopher’s Candle and Hospice UK, accredited by Middlesex University
About the event
The next course starts in September 2021
These courses offer a Certificate (level 5) or Advanced Certificate (level 7) for those working with bereaved children and their families. The courses are aimed at anyone with experience in working with bereaved children and their families in education, health or social care. While these courses offer a unique opportunity to link theory to practice, they do not offer a counselling qualification.
Working with bereaved children, young people and families
Theories of bereavement.
Child development, loss through the life cycle and the family context.
The death of a child – the family perspective.
Children bereaved by traumatic death.
Working with individuals, with families and in groups.
Brief versus extended interventions, telephone work.
Context and framework
Supervision and support.
Service development – assessing need and setting up a service.
Setting standards for service delivery – record keeping, monitoring and maintaining quality, working with volunteers.
Inter-agency working, referral to other services and working with minority groups.
Legal issues and report writing.
A parent’s perspective.
Training issues for service providers – resources, methods, and reflective practice.
The course is taught as two modules, on a part-time basis, over nine months. Students are required to attend:
Two Thursday and Friday sessions at St Christopher’s at the beginning and end of the course.
Six Friday sessions at Hospice UK.
Students will be assessed in a variety of ways, including:
One 2,000 word assignment.
Two learning reviews.
A group and an individual practice presentation.
An extended essay (for advanced certificate students).
“There is no doubt that the childhood bereavement course gave me the experience and academic underpinning that led directly to my role with SeeSaw. I would not have been able to manage the complex role of director without this training; I am extremely grateful to all involved, I thoroughly recommend the courses to anyone currently working in the field as well as those looking to move into this important and rewarding work.”
At St Christopher's, a registered charity, it is important for us to maximise any surpluses to reinvest in the objectives of the charity.
Unfortunately, the manner in which we undertake our training currently means we are not able to invest as much of our surplus as possible, therefore from the 1 December 2017, St Christopher’s Education Centre will charge VAT at the standard rate on our training courses, the reason for this change in pricing is twofold:
i) We want to be able to reinvest any surpluses made from training back into all of our charitable objectives rather than only Education
ii) We want to be able to reclaim the VAT on costs relating to developing and running the training courses
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