Because U Matter has completed two recent training seminars with Victim Support in Rotorua (March) and New Plymouth (May), on behalf of Skylight. These seminars have addressed issues of grief, loss and bereavement with a focus on issues arising from suicide. BUM's Margaret Alve - a professional counsellor and supervisor - specialises in working with individuals and groups facing issues of bereavement, grief, loss and change.
in association with Victim Support and Skylight
Margaret from Because U Matter offered a 4 hour training for bereavement volunteers on 5 May 2015. During the presentation she gave an overview of bereavement and loss awareness including new research findings. She reflected things people facing loss have said that are helpful and hurtful. This included discussion about the differences between empathy and sympathy and rescuing responses. Skills for telephoning, attentiveness, listening, and offering minimal encouragers were taught.
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