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Training & Educational Programs

Traumatic Loss Support Group Facilitator Training

The BC Bereavement Helpline's Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training is a 2-day program that teaches on the basics of facilitating a closed, 8-week support group for traumatic loss; homicide, suicide or a loss due to substance use. Curriculum includes:

  • The BCBH Facilitator Training Manual included curriculum examples, handouts and educational resources
  • Facilitation Guidelines & Best Practices
  • Traumatic Bereavement Information & Education (how trauma affects the grieving process)
  • Creating Group Safety and Cohesion
  • Educational information and Resources
  • Networking and ongoing support from BCBH
  • Clinical supervision if holding a support group

The BCBH support group model is designed around a community-based, grassroots initiative. Groups are lead by trained facilitators with bereavement support experience and education. We strive to ensure that at least one facilitator per group (out of 2) has lived experience. We welcome registered professionals and counselors, however this closed 8-week support group model is not a counseling model. Rather, we work to bring those with common lived experiences together to reduce isolation and promote healing through connection. Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. We strive to train for support groups that can provide a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate environment for those coping with a traumatic loss to share their stories and learn essential grief and mourning survival tools in order that they can integrate their loss into their daily lives and be able to live a happy and healthy life.

Cost per person ranges from $250 - $300 per person. Maximum group size is 25.

Upcoming Training Sessions:

  • Vancouver: Fall 2019. Dates TBD. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list.
  • Victoria: Spring 2020. Dates TBD. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list.

Training Sessions in Your Community

It is in our mandate to help increase community capacity to support those coping with grief and loss. It is possible for BCBH to come to you and provide onsite Traumatic Loss Support Group Facilitator Training (depending on schedules and our bandwidth). Please contact us for more information and an estimate.

Email Sean at contact@bcbh.ca, or call us at 604-738-9950 or toll-free at 1-877-779-2223.


Crisis Response Following Sudden Death Training

In 2017, the BC Bereavement Helpline provided training sessions for victim service workers supporting individuals and families who have been bereaved by a sudden death. The training was designed to be interactive and enhanced knowledge, skills and abilities that helped move intuition to conscious action.  

In 2017, trainings were held in: Victoria, Kamloops, Prince George, Terrace, Fort St. John, Nelson, Nanaimo and Mission.

Training objectives included:  

    Increase knowledge of sudden death bereavement and its unique characteristics

    Increase understanding of shock and trauma  

    Increase knowledge and skills to prepare for initial crisis response following a sudden death

    Increase skills in supporting the family after receiving notification

    Increase knowledge and strategies on utilizing a team approach and self-care

BCBH acknowledges the financial support of the Department of Justice Canada Victims Fund for 2017 trainings.

Our next Crisis Response Following Sudden Death Training session is:  

Upon receipt of funding, BCBH may be able to provide a training session in your area. Please call BCBH at 604-738-9950 or email contact@bcbh.ca with any questions.


Public Grief Education

The BC Bereavement Helpline also offers public education seminars on how to cope with grief and loss for schools, employee groups, governments, non-profits, or other institutions. Please call 604-738-9950, 1-877-779-2223 or email contact@bcbh.ca for more information or if you wish to schedule a training in your work place or organization