On Demand Workshops

Walking With Grief

Helping Others Deal with Loss

$219.00
8.5

Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)

Every person will experience grief and loss – a profound sense of final separation from something or someone important. Grief is a normal and appropriate reaction to the death of a loved one, the experience of separation/divorce, intergenerational loss, or the loss of opportunity. While there are similarities in how individuals work through loss, grief is a complicated and unique experience that requires helpers to be sensitive to the needs and experiences of those they are supporting. This workshop is designed to give helpers an increased awareness of the dynamics of grief, and to provide tools and strategies to best support someone who is grieving. Cultural and popular understandings of grief and loss, and the influences these have on how we experience and work with grief will be explored.

Trainer: John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the complexities of grief and loss
  • Recognize the influence of dominant discourses and mainstream understandings of grief
  • Respond and support individuals, families, and communities impacted by grief
  • Identify those needing increased support and intervention
  • Apply and adapt learning to their own context and community

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Making Sense of Grief and Loss
  • Factors that Shape How Grief is Experienced
  • Considerations Related to Culture
  • Myths and Misunderstandings
  • Models for Understanding Grief
  • Exploring the Impacts of Grief and Loss
  • Responding to Grief and Loss
  • Key Qualities to Effective Support
  • Paths to Healing and Recovery
  • The Role of Remembering and Ritual
  • The Impact of Nutrition, Sleep, and Exercise
  • Finding a New Normal
  • Grief, Loss, and Depression
  • Grief, Loss, and Trauma/Complicated Grief
  • Grief, Loss, and Addictions

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone supporting people working through grief.

Trainer: John Koop Harder

MSW, RSW

John has been working as a therapist and trainer for over 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a contributing author of our Counselling Insights and Counselling in Relationships books. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, and sexual abuse recovery. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania, and Northern Ireland. John believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives. John is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences. Read blogs written by John here.

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