Understanding Bereaved Parents & Siblings: Protection and Self Knowledge

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Understanding Bereaved Parents & Siblings: Protection and Self Knowledge workshop with Dr. Cathy McQuaid

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As a result of her research into the experiences of bereaved parents and siblings Cathy has developed a series of workshops for professionals.

Each of these two-hour online sessions will provide the participants with information, examples and findings from the research which may help them to have a greater understanding of, and be able to provide support to, this often-neglected client group.

Workshop 9: Protection and Self Knowledge

Boundaries are key in working with those who are bereaved. Too tight and they can stifle creativity, too loose and both professional and client can feel traumatized and unsafe in the work. During this workshop participants will be introduced to various tools that will be useful in their work with bereaved parents and siblings.

The first is a new concept created by Cathy called the Awareness ARENA.* This is a way of thinking about how professionals can respond to their clients with greater authenticity, autonomy and assertiveness, thereby achieving and maintaining respect for themselves and others. Roles and responsibilities are discussed as a list of rights that the participants can explore, adapt, and add to depending upon their personal preferences.

Finally, there will be a short discussion on attachment styles and how these influence the way each person interacts with others.

Throughout the workshop participants will be invited to bring their own case examples so they can get the maximum benefit for their existing work.

*McQuaid, C. (2021) Understanding Bereaved Parents and Siblings: A Handbook for Professionals, Family, and Friends. Abingdon. Routledge. p.248-50

This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group.

To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee.

The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00, however, we appreciate that income varies greatly in different locations and circumstances. Please contribute what you can to help us maintain inclusive professional training.

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Dr. Cathy McQuaid

Cathy is a bereaved parent. She is also a trainer, supervisor, psychotherapy training consultant and researcher. Her most recent research project has resulted her latest book Understanding Bereaved Parents and Siblings: A Handbook for Professionals, Family and Friends published by Routledge in May 2021. In addition to writing and researching Cathy runs a supervision and consultancy practice in the North West offering research, clinical and training supervision along with various CPD training courses and workshops. Her first book What You Really Need to Know About Counselling and Psychotherapy Training: An Essential Guide published by Routledge in 2014 is still available and is an excellent resource for anyone considering starting counselling or psychotherapy training, and for their trainers.

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