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Solution-focused approaches to bereavement


28/04/2020 09:30






Update to our learning programme

 This event has been postponed to 2 June 2020 and will be delivered as an online webinar. 

As part of our organisational response to the COVID-19 virus, Children in Scotland has adapted our training and events programme to a digital webinar format for the foreseeable future.

Our webinar programme can be found here.

We're running this webinar as an abbreviated version of the full-day training course detailed below, due to the coronavirus outbreak. This list of webinars will be added to regularly so please do revisit the site to see what’s new.

We believe it is important that the sector continues to build resilient networks, share helpful resources and develop the skills our workforce needs to provide high-quality support to children and young people.

As such we will be rescheduling and/or changing the format of our upcoming events. Please note that our Learning and Events team will be in touch with everyone who has booked a place at an April -May event to confirm arrangements.

Our office is now closed and staff will be working from home – you can contact the team using this email

About this event

This training workshop will look at how to support children, young people and their families experiencing bereavement using a solution-focused approach. It is suitable for those who work directly with
children, young people and families, and who are willing to have supportive conversations around bereavement needs.

Key learning:

  • Understanding the solution-focused principles and techniques involved in providing support
  • Applying the principles and techniques within a framework of healthy grieving
  • Describing a variety of models of grief
  • Understanding the physical, emotional and cognitive impact of grief
  • Beginning to practise the techniques with other participants drawing upon their own personal or professional experiences.

Facilitator bio

Steve Sweeney is a qualified social worker who has specialised in trauma and grief since he developed the Barnardo’s Rollercoaster Service in 2003. Steve provides direct support to children and families through a variety of interventions including Solution Focussed Brief Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

A significant part of Steve’s role is to provide training and consultancy for those who have roles in supporting children and families. As Steve says, “children and young people tell us they want to access support from people whom they already know and who are knowledgeable, confident and skilful. By working to increase the capacity and sustainability of communities, we increase the likelihood of positive outcomes not just for individual children and families but for communities across the nation.”

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