The course is about understanding how children experience grief and loss; the stages of grief (as described by some theorists); identifying emotions experienced by the main character in each story and suggesting ways of coping with that emotion that helps the child to understand what is happening emotionally.
As there is not much support for grieving children, this course will help professionals working with children to find a way to address emotions felt by children who are vulnerable and need specific support. The course could be used by parents, childcare workers, social workers, teachers and Youth Workers who work with children aged 5 to 15 years old.
Each story has discussion points for the adult to discuss with the child. This makes the course unique as this is a novel approach to support grieving children by focussing on the main character's emotions then offering a way to cope and providing discussion points for adults and children to explore.
There is no formal assessment but a pre-course questionnaire does provide an opportunity for people seeking to do the course an opportunity to assess themselves and their motivation to do the course at their own pace.
There are no prerequisites for the course except an interest in bereavement and those working with children who have experienced a bereavement or parents and teachers supporting bereavved children.
There is no qualification except that the learner will be better equipped to deal with issues of bereavement encountered in their work with children.
There are no examinations to pass and the learners can assess their performance through the post-course questionnaire and are also given an opportunity to provide suggestions for improving the course..
The stories may be used with individual children or small groups.
So the course provides
(a) some theory about bereavement to allow learners to look up the theory in the references provided
(b) 8 stories describing how the main character experiences the loss of a loved one
(c) each story offers a coping skill that can be transferred by the learner to personal situations experienced
(d) each story has discussion points to encourage reflection of the issues addressed in the story
The outcomes of the course is broadening of knowledge, learning to identify emotions experienced when grieving; given examples of the emotions grieving children encounter and the opportunity to learn how these emotions can be handled by an adult and a child in grief situations which prepares an adult to know what to look for in grief and how best to support a grieving child..
Language of instruction: English