Lost for Words is an innovative 'loss awareness' training package designed for teach-ers and carers supporting children who are experiencing bereavement, be it through death or any other kind of loss.
Developed from collaborative multi-agency and multi-professional work with psychologists, educationalists, social workers and nurses, this package is designed for use by trainers over the course of a day, or over several days. It offers trainers and course delegates crucial guidance, soundly underpinned by research carried out with bereaved children and their parents, in schools, and by the 'Iceberg' project at the University of York. Divided into fundamental 'stand-alone' topics, from children's understanding of death and death as taboo to changes in learning and behaviour, these topic areas can be taught separately or together as required. The training is intended to be interactive and includes many group activities.
All the required resources are included with the pack, including templates for OHP transparencies, hand-outs for trainees and a bibliography for further reading. This much-needed training package is an essential resource for teachers, social work-ers, psychologists and all those caring for and working with children.
1. Introduction. 2. Introducing trainees to the package. 3. Ice-breakers. 4. Ground rules. 5. Research. 6. Loss experience. 7. Changes. 8. Case study. 9. Models of loss. 10. Children's understanding of death. 11. Euphemisms. 12. Death as taboo. 13. Changes in learning and behaviour. 14. Helping children. 15. Loss in the curriculum. 16. Anticipated and sudden death. 17. Cultural aspects. 18. Death of a pupil or staff member. 19. Loss in policies. 20. Helping agencies. 21. Resources.