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Training for Bereavement Counselling Week 1: The Nature of Grief with Dr. John Wilson, PhD.

WEEK 1 – Training for Bereavement Counselling: A six-part, online 18 contact hours course with...

Last updated 3 May 2024

WEEK 1 – Training for Bereavement Counselling: A six-part, online 18 contact hours course with reading assignments and personal development tasks.

Workshop Description

Facilitator John Wilson PhD, Director of The Bereavement Service at  York St John University Counselling and Mental Health Centre. 21 years working in the field. Author of Supporting People through Loss and Grief: An Introduction for Counsellors and other Caring Practitioners, (2013) and The Plain Guide to Grief (2020)

Week 1: The Nature of Grief

  • Theories of grief and historical perspectives
  • The myth of ‘Grief work’
  • Developmental and circumstantial loss

The course is open to all counsellors and counselling support volunteers. It is assumed that all attendees will already have, as a minimum, basic counselling skills and knowledge of a person-centred approach to counselling. 

Attendees who are grieving a recent personal loss may find that the content can trigger an episode of renewed grief. They are responsible for their own self-care during the sessions. The facilitator has permission from the clients mentioned to use their anonymous case study examples. Participants are asked to use due diligence in anything they share, which could break boundaries of confidentiality.

Presenter

Dr John Wilson

Dr. John Wilson PhD. John has specialised in bereavement and loss for 20 years, as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer. He is author of Supporting People through Loss and Grief: An Introduction for Counsellors and Other Caring Practitioners.

He completed his PhD in 2000 after six years of case study research with bereaved clients. John is a visiting research fellow at York St John University and Director of Bereavement Services at York St John University Counselling and Mental Health Clinic.

Since early March, John has taken a close interest in adapting the outcomes of his doctoral thesis to supporting clients bereaved of a loved one from Covid-19 and those bereaved from other causes during the lockdown.

With other counsellors he runs a closed support group on social media, for those bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic.