New Approaches to Traumatic Grief and Loss

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

2 days 9:30am – 4:30pm 15 CPD hours

Course Brief

Try the First Chapter of this online course absolutely FREE!

Many of our clients have negative beliefs about themselves, others and the world. They make negative predictions which inhibit them from flourishing and which maintain their anxiety, low mood or poor self-esteem. Behavioural experiments are a key technique for helping clients to discover the reality behind their beliefs and to achieve successful personal change. This practical one day course will enable delegates to learn how to successfully design and use behavioural experiments with their clients, hence adding a powerful psychotherapeutic tool to their armoury.

Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy have been strongly influenced over the last thirty years by “stage models” of grief – from Kubler-Ross onwards. However, over the last decade new therapeutic perspectives and research has seriously challenged some of the commonly held assumptions about grief & loss work and their therapeutic implications. Additionally there are particular factors about “traumatic grief” that provide particular challenges to the practitioner.

This course is part of the BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments. You can gradually build up your training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Certificate.

Try the First Chapter of this online course absolutely FREE!

Many of our clients have negative beliefs about themselves, others and the world. They make negative predictions which inhibit them from flourishing and which maintain their anxiety, low mood or poor self-esteem. Behavioural experiments are a key technique for helping clients to discover the reality behind their beliefs and to achieve successful personal change. This practical one day course will enable delegates to learn how to successfully design and use behavioural experiments with their clients, hence adding a powerful psychotherapeutic tool to their armoury.

Understanding the Nature of Traumatic Grief

  • Sudden, unique or repeated forms of loss often create particular grief problems for clients
  • Suicide, torture, violent forms of loss or simply those associated with high levels of conflict and emotion
  • 7 key factors determining a client's loss experience
  • Contributions of new psychological theories - from Stroebe's Dual Process Model to the contribution of Positive Psychology.

Working Effectively with Traumatic Grief Problems

  • Specific issues relating to traumatic and multiple losses
  • Working with repeated cognitive rumination and intrusive distressing thoughts and environments
  • Managing recurrent anger and guilt within grief reactions.
  • Do you treat the client’s trauma or their grief as a priority?

Therapeutic Interventions

  • Developing a therapeutic strategy in grief work - options
  • Research on how grief work can be harmful for some clients and what you should avoid doing
  • The question of what the focus should be in cognitive work and how to be effective
  • How to work with unreasonable guilt and resentment as well as “genuine causal guilt”
  • Solution focused techniques for working with grief reactions
  • Helping clients to reintegrate their view of themselves and their loss

CPD 15 Hours

SDS Accreditation for BPS Approved Certificate Courses (Modular Courses):

The Levels below refer to the accreditation you acquire by attending the BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments.

Level 1 (Foundation Stage) is the foundation level that you obtain by attending any of the modules comprising the above Certificate, but not all, via live training or live/recorded webcast.

This level gives you a Certificate of Attendance, as well as access to the course materials and other resources, including SDS FREE TUTORIALS on the topic, and enables you to state in your CV that you have that you are on the path towards your SDS Accreditation in Trauma Treatments and currently have achieved Level 1 (Foundation).

This level lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level is extended as you progress with your training for the Certificate. Doing each next module within the 3 year period from the previous one, extends this level for another 3 years. Completing all 4 modules of the Certificate moves you up to the next level of SDS Accreditation.

This level is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast. Should you wish to do it before 3 years lapsed - you can book your refresher at 50% price. Should you wish to attend the original module again after the three years - the full course price is applied.

SDS Accreditation, Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending all modules of an SDS Modular Course via live training or live/recorded webcast and passing an appropriate online exam for each of them.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in the appropriate subject, as well as access to the course materials and a lifetime access to SDS Free Tutorials on the topic. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) SDS Accreditation as a Practitioner in Trauma Treatments.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by continuing your training on in trauma-related topics with SDS Seminars. Attending each of this topics extends your accreditation by another three years. These courses are booked at the advertised prices.

You also can extend by re-doing any course within the Certificate. Should you do it within the 3 years, your access to these refresher courses is discounted by 50%.* Should you let your accreditation lapse, you pay the full price for the refresher training.

SDS Accreditation, Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) is as Level 2, with the addition of:

  • Submitting a project of an acceptable standard (3,000 words) at the end of your Certificate training. The purpose of the project is to illustrate that you can apply the academic knowledge gained from the course to a clinical situation.
  • Submitting a written statement from your Clinical Supervisor confirming the regularity and duration of your supervision with them and your Competence as a clinician in the chosen topic. Your Clinical Supervisor should meet our qualification criteria.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in the appropriate subject, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) SDS Accreditation as a Practitioner in Trauma Treatments.

You also will be given an option to be listed in the SDS Register of Qualified Practitioners in the appropriate field – our Network of Qualified Practitioners.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 5 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by continuing your training on in trauma-related topics with SDS Seminars. Attending each of this topics extends your accreditation by another three years. These courses are booked at the advertised prices.

You also can extend by re-doing any course within the Certificate. Should you do it within the 3 years, your access to these refresher courses is discounted by 50%.* Should you let your accreditation lapse, you pay the full price for the refresher training.

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Course Tutor

Prof Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology at PSMedUniv, Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine, Accredited CBT Therapist, Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology.He is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

Recommended Materials

New Approaches to Grief & Loss Work (3 DVD) - 3 CPD Hours

DVD by Paul Grantham

In his detailed and informed presentation Paul Grantham provides you with understanding of the complex nature of grief, how different losses raise different issues, key factors determining a client's loss experience and contributions of new psychological theories to grief work.

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