Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training

The BCBH Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training (TLFT) teaches the basics of facilitating a closed, 8-week support group for traumatic loss.

These training sessions are focused on losses due to homicide, suicide,  substance use (or any sudden, unexpected loss) in a mixed learning format.

TLFT is delivered in a mixed learning model. The course consists of six modules; Modules 1 and 6 are live Zoom sessions and Modules 2 thru 5 are online study-at-home content. The course will take place over 2-weeks.

The BCBH Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training (TLFT) teaches the basics of facilitating a closed, 8-week support group for traumatic loss.

These training sessions are focused on losses due to homicide, suicide,  substance use (or any sudden, unexpected loss) in a mixed learning format.

TLFT is delivered in a mixed learning model. The course consists of six modules; Modules 1 and 6 are live Zoom sessions and Modules 2 thru 5 are online study-at-home content. The course will take place over 2-weeks.

Upcoming Online Training Sessions:

There are currently no upcoming TLFT training sessions. Join our waitlist or check back soon for future dates. 

TLFT Waitlist

*Please review our TLFT Terms and Conditions prior to registering.

Upcoming Online Training Sessions:

There are currently no upcoming TLFT training sessions. Join our waitlist or check back soon for future dates. 

TLFT Waitlist

*Please review our TLFT Terms and Conditions prior to registering.

Course Outline & Objectives

Module 1

3.5 hour live Zoom session – Introduction to trauma and support groups

Module 2

Online Content – Understanding grief and trauma

Module 3

Online Content – Trauma-informed facilitation

Module 4

Online Content – Supporting traumatic bereavement

Module 5

Online Content – Creating a safe and cohesive support group

Module 6

3.5 hour live Zoom session – Facilitating the BC Bereavement Helpline curriculum

*Certificate is given upon completion of the course.

Increase one’s understanding of grief as a life process and how traumatic loss is a unique grief experience.

Help develop an action plan to implement and facilitate a support group informed by the BCBH Support Group.

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Inform one’s understanding on how traumatic grief is different.

Build a community of practice to connect about efforts to support their community members in living their lives.

Course Objectives

1. Increase one’s understanding of grief as a life process and how traumatic loss is a unique grief experience.

2. Help develop an action plan to implement and facilitate a support group informed by the BCBH Support Group.

3. Inform one’s understanding on how traumatic grief is different.

4. Build a community of practice to connect about efforts to support their community members in living their lives.

Module 1

3.5 hour live Zoom session – Introduction to trauma and support groups

Module 2

Online Content – Understanding grief and trauma

Module 3

Online Content – Trauma-informed facilitation

Module 4

Online Content – Supporting traumatic bereavement

Module 5

Online Content – Creating a safe and cohesive support group

Module 6

3.5 hour live Zoom session – Facilitating the BC Bereavement Helpline curriculum

*Certificate is given upon completion of the course.

This program uses the BCBH Traumatic Loss Support Group model as its core example. However, these learnings can be applied to help anyone who works with bereaved individuals in a peer setting, 1-1 support or with general population bereavement groups. 

We welcome laypersons, registered professionals, counselors, and anyone who is interested in learning more on how to support the bereaved. The BCBH closed 8-week support group model is not a counseling model. Rather, this training is based on working 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.

This program uses the BCBH Traumatic Loss Support Group model as its core example. However, these learnings can be applied to help anyone who works with bereaved individuals in a peer setting, 1-1 support or with general population bereavement groups. 

We welcome laypersons, registered professionals, counselors, and anyone who is interested in learning more on how to support the bereaved. The BCBH closed 8-week support group model is not a counseling model. Rather, this training is based on working 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.

“This is a great course for anyone looking to learn more about traumatic grief and/or responses. It highlighted some things I would have never thought about and it really emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, non-judgmental, caring space for participants to express themselves in whatever way they feel comfortable doing. Thank you so much for offering this course. I feel better equipped to serve my clients and I am inspired to now offer group sessions-something I hadn’t considered doing prior to taking this course.” 

Erin, training graduate March 2022

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this course and receive so much valuable information and perspectives from not only the course facilitator who was amazing but also the co-participants who had valuable feedback to share from their own personal and professional experiences and perspectives. I loved the live sessions as it was very interactive and the facilitator did a great job of keeping everyone engaged and included. As a non-professional taking this course (meaning, I am coming from a background of lived experience with traumatic loss rather than a professional background) I felt welcomed and valued and it has inspired me to continue on my journey towards helping others and in doing so, aid in my own healing journey.”

Anonymous, 2024