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Upcoming Sudden seminars and webinars - 24/02/17

Upcoming Sudden events:

We've got a wide range of webinars and seminars coming up this year. Read on to find out more:
Supporting people bereaved in high profile cases webinar. Tuesday 9 May 2017, 2pm - 3.30pm GMT, online.

The sudden death of a loved one is always a traumatic experience, but in cases where the death also attracts attention from the media, this spotlight can cause additional distress and difficulty to families. 

Speakers at this event will offer guidance to professionals supporting individuals and families bereaved in high profile cases, and will discuss ways in which support workers can best help bereaved people approach and deal with the media. Crucially, speakers will also overview the benefits and downside of media engagement, and provide advice to support professionals on how they can best support people whose grief is in the public domain. 

Confirmed speakers at this event include:
  • Dr Sallyanne Duncan, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde.

    Sallyanne is a former journalist, who specialises in researching media reporting of sudden bereavement and trauma.

    Alongside publishing numerous articles and book chapters on these areas, Sallyanne has also revised the National Union of Journalist’s professional guidelines on media reporting of mental health and suicide, and submitted evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, based on this research and its findings.

This webinar is free of charge to all attendees. To register for this event, please click here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Other webinars include:

Dates for our other upcoming webinars will be announced shortly.
Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars:

These crucial seminars offer an excellent professional development opportunity to all educators, counsellors and support workers caring for suddenly bereaved children and young people. 

These events will be held on Tuesday 27 June in Manchester, Thursday 6 July in Birmingham and Tuesday 18 July in London. Attendance at these essential events costs just £71 + VAT per person.


Speakers at this seminar include Mohammed Arshad, Muslim Chaplain at Bradford Teaching Hospital Trust, who will cover insights into cultural and religious issues support workers may encounter when supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people. 


Speakers include the University of Worcester's Erica Brown, Rehanah Sadiq of University Hospitals Birmingham, Dr Sharon McDonnell from the University of Manchester, and Rebekah Lawson of Winston's Wish. Sessions will include an overview of the impact of bereavement through suicide on families and children, discussion of best practice in supporting bereaved children with special educational needs and theoretical approaches to grief, led by a leading academic.


Speakers confirmed for this event include Julie Ellison, Training Manager, Child Bereavement UK, and Dr Jane McCarthy, Visiting Fellow at the Open University. Delegates will be provided with an overview of the impact of bereavement through suicide on children and young people, and a discussion of how practitioners can best communicate with bereaved children. 
Many thanks to Birchall Blackburn Law for kindly sponsoring this bulletin.
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