Course outline and aims
Death and loss are perhaps the most significant events we have to confront. The threat or actual loss of a significant other can have a profound impact on our wellbeing and can lead to serious and enduring psychological problems. Most of us need time and support from those around us in order to find a new sense of being in the world.
For people with learning disabilities the story can be much more complex. Both bereavement and disability are complex issues in our society and so when they come together it can make it very difficult for us to think and act appropriately. This training day aims to address how we can improve support for both adults and children with learning disabilities who are facing mortality issues or who are grieving.
What will you learn?
- Gain understanding of bereavement, its stages and phases and how they individually affect people.
- Developing skills to produce proactive support plans.
- Acquire understanding of how to support and communicate with a bereaved individual.
- Develop a general understanding of loss and the possible impact it may have on the individual and/or network.
Who is the course for?
This one-day course will be beneficial for any professional or practitioner working with people with learning disabilities in most settings, including:
- Teachers, teaching assistants, learning support staff
- Safeguarding leads
- Children’s Social Workers
- Transition Teams
- Care staff working in supported housing, residential and day care
- Probation Service officers and staff
- Staff and volunteers working in voluntary organisations and community groups
Our training approach
The course is limited to 12 participants offering the best opportunity for you to not only learn from our Trainer, it also enables you to learn from other participants’ experience of working with people with learning disabilities. The training is delivered using an effective mix of theoretical and experiential techniques.
Qualification: Certificate of Attendance
About the Trainer
The Course Trainer is Dr Noelle Blackman, CEO at Respond. Dr Blackman is co-founder of the National Network for the Palliative Care of People with Learning, Visiting Lecturer for Anglia Ruskin University on the MA Dramatherapy and Honorary Research Fellow for the University of Hertfordshire. Dr Blackman is a published author and respected speaker on many aspects of improving the life and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities or autism using a therapeutic approach. An area of special interest is research into better practice around death, dying and grief on people with learning disabilities, Dr Blackman's published work.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Respond is located close to Euston mainline station, Euston Square underground station (Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan lines), Euston and Warren Street underground stations (Victoria and Northern lines). For up to date information on travel and transport please got to this link https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email with queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 7383 0700
What is the refund policy?
A full refund less a £10 administration is payable if you cancel the course up to three weeks in advance. Refunds are not payable after this time.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
This is fine, please let us know in advance that you will not be attending and you have given your ticket to someone else.