Course Profile

Course Profile: Bereavement & Loss   (Advanced level) (1 Day)
This course is designed for those who have completed the basic Bereavement & Loss course. The course provides the development of skills for those staff managing more complex situations or are supervising staff/supporting service users where more complex interventions may need to be provided.
The course is informed by NICE guidelines, the DSM, Person Centred Counselling theory, The Mental Health Act and the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013)
The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
QCF: HSC025, 036, 33, 3035, 3048, 3057, SHC31
Care certificate: 1.3, 1.4, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
MIS (212): 4, 7.2

The course is designed for front line workers or for other workers who have already completed basic awareness training. This course would not be suitable for those who have a recent experience of significant loss or those who have unresolved bereavement.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • A review of knowledge gained on the introductory course
  • Cultural aspects of death, dying and bereavement, to include an overview of supporting Gay & Lesbian service users incl. legal issues e.g. next of kin
  • The impact of bereavement and loss on the individual including death by suicide and other more complex losses
  • What unhealthy grieving can lead to for the individual – recognising and managing depression
  • Assessing risk in bereavement
  • What is meant by a ‘living bereavement’. Supporting people through anticipatory grief
  • How challenging behaviour might have its roots in loss and bereavement issues
  • Understanding significant multiple losses. i.e. projected anger.
  • How to help bereaved people through the process. Active listening/expressive activities
  • How co-dependencies can occur and recognising transference and counter-transference issues
  • How far is it appropriate for support workers to work with bereavement issues and recognising complications
  • Working with external support agencies/services through dying, death and bereavement issues
  • Supporting people who are dying and empowering them in the process through choice
  • Managing practical arrangement following death
  • Appropriate support for staff and the limitations.
  • Ensuring safe practice
Training methods utilised will be appropriate for the sensitive nature of the subject and trainers will ensure that there is a ‘safe’ learning environment. Learning methods include:  Presentations, Role-play, Trust exercises, Word-storming, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, Quiz, DVD,  PowerPoint, Group work, Handouts