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New Approaches to Traumatic Grief and Loss  (2 days)

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.

Can be taken as an individual two-day course or as a part of a Certificate in Trauma Treatments, Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

4 Modules of the Certificate in Trauma Treatments:

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

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.

Early Bird Price: £275 + VAT (£330) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £290 + VAT (£348).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 14 CPD training hours for individual 2 days course if you sign in on both days (attending in person) or have full attendance record (attending via webcast).

BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments requires attendance of all training modules in person or via webcast, plus completion of the separate online test (75% pass).

Recommended Viewing:

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

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.

Exclusive offer for SDS delegates: Save 15% on this DVD
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  • Live presentation slides
  • Opportunity to ask questions
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Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

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