This workshop deals with the topic of death, parental separation, entry into foster care or moving away from their familiar environment, its impact on a child and ways to support them through what can be a difficult time.
Many children will experience loss at some stage of their life. Such loss can occur for many reasons, including the death of someone close to them, parental separation, entry into foster care or moving away from their familiar environment, to name but a few. Many factors define the way in which a child processes and comprehends a loss including their age and stage of development, significance of relationships, family background and their own personality and temperament. Therefore, professionals need to be prepared and informed on how to offer support adequately and appropriate to each individual child’s needs.
This workshop will aim to provide participants with information, knowledge and understanding on the topic of loss and the experiences of bereavement and grief as a result, its impact on a child and ways to support them through what can be a difficult time. In addition to this, participants will have the opportunity to share and discuss their experiences on supporting children through loss. They will also engage in some simple activities deemed beneficial in supporting children through their loss.
- Introduction to loss and the associated experiences of bereavement and grief
- Different types of loss a child may experience
- Factors which influence the impact of loss on a child
- A child’s understanding of, and reactions to, various experiences of loss, dependent on their age and stage of development
- An overview of the various types and methods of support available
- Ideas and activities for supporting a child through their loss
- Provision of a list of books and resources beneficial to supporting the child through their loss
Aoife Gallagher is currently undertaking a Research Masters at Institute of Technology, Sligo on the topic of children and bereavement, having completed her undergraduate dissertation on the same topic and graduating with First Class Honours in the BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education in 2015. She also undertook a Summer Scholarship in 2014 through the Health Research Board on the topic of professionalization and suicide support services. She has presented her research through poster and oral presentations at numerous conferences nationally.
Course Duration and Delivery
Inservice Training Public Training This is a 3 hour course when delivered as Inservice Training or Public Training Event.