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Training » Good Grief Training


Grief Encounter believes that every bereaved child in the UK, and their family, should receive access to support to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. That is why our Good Grief Training programme is open to all professionals who work with children and young people, and have a desire to further their knowledge in this field and provide support for the bereaved.

The Good Grief Training programme provides in-depth, specialist knowledge and practical guidance to help professionals understand the emotional and physical responses a child might experience in grief, and gives them the skills and confidence to support those in pain and help children navigate their way out of the abyss.

The programme is led by Dr. Shelley Gilbert MBE and Trauma Therapist Stacey Hart has been accredited by Middlesex University. On completion of the course participants will be awarded 30 university credits (level 6).


Course Details

We particularly encourage applications from professionals who have relevant work experience with children and young people, relevant clinical practice in social or health settings, as well as those with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling.
Our recommended list of participants includes, but is not limited to: professionals working in schools, medical professionals, social workers, SENCO, hospice workers, police officers, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists.

Learning outcomes:
1. Critical analysis and synthesis of ideas and theories on bereavement and grief in children and young people.
2. A clear understanding of how these theories affect current work and practices.
3. Understanding of ethical codes of practices in relation to work with groups, individuals and families.
4. Reflexive evaluation of own and peer work practices with the aim of self-improvement.
5. Responsibility for the management of own learning and a contribution to that of their peers.
6. Clear communication of ideas concerning the psychological, emotional and behavioural impact of
bereavement on children and young people in group-work and in case studies.
7. Creative methods of working with young people and problem solving are practiced in a controlled setting and critically applied to written case studies.

Accreditation with Middlesex University
The Good Grief Training Programme has been accredited by Middlesex University. On completion, attendees will be awarded 30 university credits which can be put towards other University programmes such as Middlesex’s graduate and postgraduate certificates in child, adolescent and family mental health practice or their graduate certificate / undergraduate degrees in work based learning / professional practice.

Assessments and modes of learning
– Participants will need to pass written assignments including; two essays, a 1500 word case study analysis and a 1800 word self evaluation and professional development plan in order to complete the course.
– A course supervisor will be available for support if needed.
– An online discussion board will be available.
– Extra reading is required throughout the course.
– This course has a strong experiential focus, with candidates encouraged to participate in creative exercises and group discussions in order to underpin the theoretical learning.

Where is the Training?

Stephens House
17 East End Road
London N3 3QE

When is the Training?

Current thinking 1700-2130 Monday 16th January 2017
Exploring trauma 1700-2130 Monday 20th February 2017
Grieving and the long term 1700-2130 Monday 20th March 2017
Working therapeutically with an individual 1700-2130 Monday 15th May 2017
Families in focus 1700-2130 Monday 19th June 2017
Working with endings 1700-2130 Monday 18th September 2017
Group dynamics 1700-2130 Monday 16th October 2017
New beginnings 1700-2130 Monday 13th November 2017

* Dates may be subject to change*

Plus attendance at a Grief Encounter workshop

What are the Training Fees?

Full programme with Middlesex University Accreditation:


Full programme without Middlesex University Accreditation:

£700 (volunteers and students)


Interest free installment payment option available

An evening meal will be provided by Grief Encounter (catered by Stephen’s House)

2015 Course Feedback

"Thank you for all the hard work you have put into making me feel inspired and how much you have put into the course is really appreciated."

"Life changing both professionally and personally."

"I have loved every session."

"In my workplace I have a greater empathy, listening and understanding of teenagers situations and emotions."

"Thank you for your knowledge, skills and support over the course, it has been invaluable and I will be forever grateful."