One day Workshop on Loss and Bereavement

About the facilitators:

Wendy Laughlin is a practicing counsellor and supervisor and currently works as a volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care, UK. She has a Masters degree in Counselling Training and Supervision, with a background of teaching at the University of Bristol on the Post Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Counselling Skills courses. Earlier she was involved in Continuing Education in the Health Service, pioneering counselling skills training for nursing staff.

Jan Rippin is a practicing counselor and has a Diploma in Counselling (Schools), a Masters degree in Counselling and a Certificate in Health Education. In addition to her practice she also works with Cruse bereavement care, UK.

About the workshop:

Loss and bereavement are issues that clients often bring to Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Though the issues are universal, one needs to be sensitive to cultural differences while addressing them. This workshop was aimed to help counselors in training learn the multicultural and diversity issues related to loss and bereavement. Three one day workshops were conducted on 4th, 5th and 7th October 2011 for groups of Master’s level students on loss and bereavement. Each group had around 20 participants.

The workshop presented various models of understanding loss, bereavement and grief. Practical guidelines for grief therapy were provided. Participants were helped to understand the unique issues involved in counseling children in grief. Unique issues involved in sudden death and suicide were also discussed. Cultural aspects involved in grief were highlighted.