Training for Bereavement Counselling: A six weeks, online 18 contact hours course with reading assignments and personal development tasks.

Facilitator John Wilson PhD, Director of The Bereavement Service at  York St John University Counselling and Mental Health Centre. 21 years working in the field. Author of Supporting People through Loss and Grief: An Introduction for Counsellors and other Caring Practitioners, (2013) and The Plain Guide to Grief (2020)

Week 4: The Complexity and Complications of Grief

Complicated grief, is it a real thing?

Can you die from grief?

Does bereavement counselling work?

The course is open to all counsellors and counselling support volunteers. It is assumed that all attendees will already have, as a minimum, basic counselling skills and knowledge of a person-centred approach to counselling.

Attendees who are grieving a recent personal loss may find that the content can trigger an episode of renewed grief. They are responsible for their own self-care during the sessions. The facilitator has permission from the clients mentioned to use their anonymous case study examples. Participants are asked to use due diligence in anything they share, which could break boundaries of confidentiality.

There will be a reading list for those who sign up ahead of the event.

Your Learning Resources

  • View Recording

    View the full recording of the workshop at your leisure. Come back to the recording at any time and pick up where you left off. Watch the video as many times as you wish to deeply embed the learning.

  • CPD Certificate

    View the whole video to access a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificate. The Certificate is proof of your commitment to continuing and deepening your learning as a practitioner.

Course curriculum

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    Training for Bereavement Counselling Week 4: The Complexity and Complications of Grief

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Dr. John Wilson PhD.

John has specialised in bereavement and loss for 20 years, as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer. He is author of Supporting People through Loss and Grief: An Introduction for Counsellors and Other Caring Practitioners. He completed his PhD in 2000 after six years of case study research with bereaved clients. John is a visiting research fellow at York St John University and Director of Bereavement Services at York St John University Counselling and Mental Health Clinic.Since early March, John has taken a close interest in adapting the outcomes of his doctoral thesis to supporting clients bereaved of a loved one from Covid-19 and those bereaved from other causes during the lockdown. With other counsellors he runs a closed support group on social media, for those bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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