This seminar will take place online (you will be sent a Zoom registration link closer to the date. You must register on Zoom in order to access the seminar)

Over the past year we have held 5 seminars relating to each of the steps in our 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework, a simple, free and interactive tool to help schools and college develop a whole setting approach on their own terms.

Following the success of these seminars, we are pleased to be rolling out a new series of seminars for education staff, focusing on a broad range of topics relating to mental health and wellbeing. This will be the first of the series and focuses on supporting staff, pupils and their families in dealing with bereavement; and in particular traumatic bereavement. 

About this seminar

This seminar, chaired by Jaime Smith, will host our colleagues from the UK Trauma Council (UKTC). The UKTC is a group of leading experts, drawn from a variety of disciples across all four nations of the United Kingdom (UK). It is the first UK-wide platform bringing together expertise in research, practice, policy and lived experience in the field of childhood trauma. The UKTC is hosted and supported by the Anna Freud Centre.

There have been more than 130,000 UK deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has created situations in which a death comes unexpectedly, without the chance to say goodbye, or where family members feel guilt that they may have brought the virus into the home. A huge number of children and young people will have been directly affected, through the death of a family member or someone else who was important in their life. 

Being bereaved is not, in itself, a mental health problem. However in a traumatic bereavement, how the child or young person experiences or understands the death – that is, the meaning they make of it – results in it being experienced as traumatic. It is vital that these children are identified and given the appropriate help and support.

This seminar will help to explain and identify traumatic bereavement, understand how it differs from 'normal' bereavement, and give education staff an introduction to how to support children and young people when experiencing a traumatic bereavement. 

Speakers will include:

  • David Trickey (Co-Director, UKTC; Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud Centre)
  • Beck Ferrari (Child Bereavement Specialist)
  • Jaime Cronk (Specialist Outreach Teacher, Social, Emotional and Mental Health at Five Acre Wood School and across Maidstone district)

Who is this seminar suitable for?

All school leaders, teachers, school staff and mental health workers in schools, educational psychologists, and any allied professionals interested in supporting mental health in schools and colleges.

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