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Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminar, June 2017 and July 2017

Tuesday 18 July 2017, London (UK), 9.30am - 3.00pm

We are delighted to announce that our ‘Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people’ seminars will be held in three locations in 2017; in central Manchester, Birmingham and London.

These essential seminars will be led by a variety of field leaders, academics and expert practitioners, offering an excellent professional development opportunity for all educators, healthcare workers and counsellors supporting suddenly bereaved children. Attendees at these events will benefit from expert guidance, offering best practice advice on providing fully encompassing support to children who have suffered from the shocking impact of a sudden bereavement.

Practitioners and academics specialising in sudden bereavement will discuss:

  • Symptoms and emotions that children and young people who have been suddenly bereaved may experience
  • Insights into methods that practitioners can use to best support suddenly bereaved children
  • A discussion of the ways in which children and young people comprehend and understand grief
  • Sign-posting to a range of services, resources and organisations that are available for practitioners working with bereaved children and young people

Speakers confirmed so far include:

London, 18 July 2017:

  • Julie Ellison, Training Manager, Child Bereavement UK
    Julie will overview the impact of bereavement through suicide on young people, and provide guidance on best practice for supporting children and young people who have been bereaved by suicide. 

  • Dr Jane McCarthy, Visiting Fellow, The Open University and Visiting Professor, University of Reading
    Jane will provide both an academic and personal view of the evidence concerning children's and young people's experiences of bereavement and grief in Western contexts. This will provide a particular focus on what children themselves have to say about what they find helpful, following a bereavement, and also how they may or may not communicate with those around them.

  • Dr Russell Hurn, ‎Head of Trauma and Clinical Lead at CHUMS, the Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service
    This session will cover the impact of PTSD following a sudden bereavement in children and young people. Attendees will benefit from an overview of symptoms of the condition, alongside input on best practice in support and treatment for children suffering from PTSD, following a traumatic bereavement.

These not-for-profit events offer an essential opportunity for practitioners to develop their skills and discuss and learn about best practice. They will help practitioners provide long-term empathetic support and discuss some of the issues facing practitioners in providing effective support to families. These events offer an excellent professional development opportunity to all counsellors, bereavement support workers, educators, emergency service workers and healthcare professionals.

Attendance at these seminars costs just £71+ VAT per person. To book your place today, fill in our online form, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These events would not be possible without funding kindly provided by Slater and Gordon Lawyers

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