Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Solas Cancer Support Centre

The Solas Cancer Support Centre has developed a professional development course that is being delivered in Waterford schools this year.

To date, The Solas Centre has delivered this programme to 65 teachers and principals with 50 schools represented.

The aim of this free education programme is to guide teachers in supporting bereaved children in their schools and classrooms.

Brid Carroll has developed this nine-hour training module that will be delivered in two sessions. Brid is a qualified Psychotherapist and Counselling Supervisor with a special interest in bereavement and loss. She holds a Masters in Bereavement Studies from RCSI Dublin and a Postgraduate Certificate in Childhood Bereavement from St. Christopher’s Hospice London. She is a contributor to the Irish Hospice Foundation’s workshop series and is Co-ordinator of their Professional Certificate in Children and Loss.

This zoom course aims to:

  • Develop the necessary skills to befriend and support a bereaved child in their school community.
  • Improve understanding of how grief affects children at various developmental stages.
  • Explore a child’s concept of death.
  • Gain awareness and understanding of a child within their family context.
  • Raise awareness of the signs that may indicate a child requires professional support.
  • Explore intervention tools that might be used in the classroom to allow for healthy conversations about grief and loss.
  • Shed light on the impact of grief and loss on teachers themselves both personally and professionally.
  • Offer knowledge of the theories and models that underpin bereavement and loss in children.

The online course will be delivered over two days running from 9.15am to 2.15pm each day – the next course dates are 5th and 19th October.

Each Primary School is allocated one place and each school can decide who should attend. There is no charge for the course as Rethink Ireland fund Solas as part of a wider Children and Youth Project.

To register or if you have any queries please contact [email protected] or call (051) 304604.

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