Course Profile

Course Profile: Change and Loss (Learning Disabilities) (1 Day)
Change and loss can be very powerful and distressing experiences for all people. Too often, people with Learning Disabilities are marginalized during similar experiences. This course provides learners with the opportunity to explore how issues of change, loss and transition can affect people with Learning Disabilities and how they can be supported.
The course is informed by Person Centred Approaches, Rogerian Theory, Bereavement models and material from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. 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. It links with the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England.
The course provides some knowledge for
Care certificate: 5, 6, 7, 9
NHS KSF:  Core 1.3, HWB 4
QCF: LD202, HSC025, 2012, 3035, 3038, SHC021
The course is designed for Health and Social Care workers supporting people with Learning Disabilities in all contexts.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The terms ‘Bereavement’ and ‘Loss’
  • What is ‘healthy grieving’ and what is ‘abnormal’ grieving
  • What is a ‘typical’ pattern of grieving?
  • The difficulties that people with Learning Disabilities may have with the grieving process
  • The importance of non-verbal signs of showing grief
  • An historical perspective of bereavement for people with Learning Disabilities e.g. denial, inhibited processing etc
  • A contemporary view of loss for people with Learning Disabilities; the right to know and to grieve
  • What could get in the way (Internally and externally)
  • The differences in culture regarding grieving; respecting Diversity
  • Why change and transition might be more difficult for people with Learning Disabilities
  • How to help people through the process of transition, change or loss
  • Explaining death; do we have the right to do so, and if so, how?
  • The need for the worker to remain ‘healthy’ in order to support others
  • How to gain support e.g. through Supervision
  • Resources and help available
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentation, Word shower method, PowerPoint, Role Play, Group Work, Chalk & Talk, Questionnaire, Handouts, Practice examples