Supporting Children through Grief, Loss and Bereavement
This training is for ELSAs who want to develop their confidence and skills in supporting children experiencing grief, loss and/or bereavement. ELSAs need to feel equipped and confident in this very challenging aspect of their role, as they are often asked to support a child who is experiencing bereavement or a loss that is impacting on their emotional well-being. Sometimes ELSAs are asked to work with a child to prepare them for an impending bereavement.
ELSAs will come away from this 1.5 day training with enhanced knowledge of psychological research and theories regarding best practice for supporting children through grief, loss and bereavement. They will leave ready to try out approaches and implement their plans.
- Develop higher level skills and specialism within their Emotional Literacy Support and Emotional Wellbeing roles
- Increase confidence when asked to support children experiencing loss and bereavement
- Apply knowledge of psychology, share resources and plan personalised ELSA sessions with SMART targets
- Identify ways to access support and stay resilient when engaged in this work
- Models of the grieving process
- Developmental nature of children’s responses to death
- Ten needs of bereaved children (Worden)
- Children’s needs at different developmental stages
- Psychological First Aid for Schools & Skills for Psychological Recovery
- Developing a Bereavement School Policy
- Tips for how to stay resilient when supporting children through loss and bereavement.
Afternoon of Part 1 – Workshop Session – planning activities/programmes; writing SMART ELSA targets; sharing resources (e.g. ELSA website’s ‘Healing Steps Grief Intervention Pack’; Seasons For Growth training; school bereavement policy etc).
Follow Up Session – to reflect on learning; have opportunities to share with others; and plan for the future.
Part 1 – Tuesday 27th April, 9.00 – 15.00
Part 2 – Tuesday 11th May, 9.00 – 12.30