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.
Evaluation responses included:
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
Psychologist & Author
Margaret is available to talk with you about any "emotional hygiene" issues you may have.
Because U Matter Counselling and Supervision
Because U Matter was launched as a website and blog today.
Naturally, this is a big move as I further develop my counselling services and resources. I'd love to know what you think. How can I improve my web presence? What other 'things' could helpfully be added?
Why not make a blog post here...?