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Child & Family Grief Education

Empowering the Community

For over 30 years, Hospice Calgary has served Calgary and Area, offering palliative and hospice care, support during advanced illness, and grief counselling to patients and clients. Using our experiences and expertise, our educators offer learning opportunities designed to strengthen, engage, and equip our community. They share practical tools and offer resources to support professionals and community advocates in their day-to-day work. 

Hospice Calgary supports children aged 19 and under (and their families and friends) as they adjust to the changes in their lives when someone close to them is living with an advanced illness or has died. Our seminars and workshops offer tools and strategies for those grieving or supporting others.

Expert-led seminar topics include:

  • How grief works
  • Intro to child & teen grief
  • Coping strategies for grief
  • Talking to children about dying & death
  • Parenting grieving children
  • Grief after suicide
  • Honouring the deceased
  • First Responder training
  • Community response to dying & death

Almost 2000 people a year benefit from our in-service consultation, training, seminars, and accredited workshops. Individuals and groups that call on us for training and resources include anyone who would like to broaden their understanding of palliative care and grief as well as:  

  • Individuals Grieving or Facing Advanced Illness (grieving individuals and families, people living with advanced Illness, and caregivers) 
  • Community Representatives (volunteers, community agencies, public forum organizers, and not-for-profit professionals) 
  • First Points of Contact (educators & school support staff, health & mental health care professionals, first responders, and spiritual care providers
  • Student Bodies (grades 1-12 and post-secondary)

To download our Education information sheet, click here

Child & Family Grief Accredited Workshops

Expert-led accredited workshops for educators, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, health and mental health professionals, and others who work with children & teens are available through Hospice Calgary.

Hospice Calgary, provider #1194, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Hospice Calgary maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: September 25, 2016-September 25, 2019. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

To download the full Child & Family Grief Accredited Workshops program, click here

Register for upcoming accredited workshops below. 

Customized for You

Designed to meet your group’s specific learning needs, we create customized sessions that are delivered at a time and in a location that best works for you. Our specialized team can also offer consultation on Palliative Care and Grief.

For current information on our educational opportunities, to book a speaker, or to access additional resources, contact our team: 

Hospice Calgary Education
403-263-4525
info@hospicecalgary.ca

Upcoming Education Opportunities

Our education is for anyone who would like to broaden their understanding of palliative care and grief. Visit our Education page for more

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Advanced Illness Education

March 19, 2019 - Dying to Know: Facing Advanced Illness Together

Most Canadians want to die in their home, wherever that may be. Informing ourselves of the available options can go a long way towards making plans. Erin Forsyth, Director of Clinical Care, and Kathy Bach Paterson, Community Hospice Family Counsellor from Hospice Calgary, will share information about Hospice and Palliative Care as well as how to access services and resources.

Register Online

April 16, 2019 - Dying to Know: Advanced Care Planning

In this first of two sessions with Janine Violini and Jamie Whittaker, we will discuss tips to complete the paperwork we need before death occurs. These include Personal Directive, Power of Attorney and the types of Wills one might consider. These topics are part of their Crows in a Row program designed to help achieve an end-of-life plan so legacy is defined, wishes are honoured, and loved ones are taken care of.

Register Online

May 21, 2019 - Dying to Know: Spirituality and Ritual at End-of-Life

As we reflect on our mortality, spirituality can have new or clearer meaning. Similarly, rituals can deepen our lives and the experience of dying. Darrin Parkin, Hospice Calgary’s Spiritual Care Coordinator, and Blair Collins, personal coach and Marriage Commissioner will explore the history of spirituality as it impacts palliative care. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a meaningful ritual.

Register Online

June 11, 2019 - Dying to Know: Funeral Planning

Janine Violini and Jamie Whittaker return for the second part of their Crows in a Row program. In this session we’ll discuss aspects of funeral planning
and obituaries. The objective of these conversations is to alleviate stress by helping obtain a sense of empowerment, peace of mind, and completion.

Register Online

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Child & Family Grief Education

May 1 and 8, 2019 - Child & Family Grief Accredited Workshop: Assessment & Interventions

This two-day clinical workshop is intended for: teachers, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, health and mental health professionals, and others who work with children and teens.

This workshop is appropriate for Intermediate levels of practice.

Qualifies for six (6) Continuing Education Category “A” Credits. Certificates of Completion will be presented to participants at the conclusion of the 6 hour workshop.

Hospice Calgary, provider #1194, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Hospice Calgary maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: September 25, 2016 – September 25, 2019. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 continuing education clock hours.

Learning Objectives

  1. To examine assessment as a process
  2. To identify and compare interventions for supporting children, teens, and their families
  3. To relate to one's practice interventions and strategies for providing support through case discussions 

Cost: $175 includes handout materials & refreshments

Course Instructor: Laura Coatsworth, BMus MSW RSW

Laura is a Registered Social Worker and counsellor in the Child & Family Grief Services Team at Hospice Calgary. For the last three years, she has supported children, teens and families after a death has occurred and provided education to professionals. Laura is also pursuing certification in play therapy.

To download the accredited workshop poster, click here

Offline Registration Form | Register Online 

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Hospice & Palliative Care Education

Customized Sessions & Consultations

Designed to meet your group’s specific learning needs, we create customized sessions that are delivered at a time and in a location that best works for you. Our specialized team can also offer consultation on Palliative Care.

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Charitable Registration # 118963669 RR0001

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