Updated Database of Palliative Care Education Courses

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Are you looking for up to date information and listings of Palliative care courses in Ireland?

The Database of palliative care, end of life and bereavement courses, has recently been refreshed and updated. A collaboration between the Irish Hospice Foundation, All Ireland Institute for Hospice & Palliative Care and the Irish Association for Palliative Care, the database was originally launched in 2009 increasing awareness of palliative care education courses  in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

It aims to be;

  • a focal point for Palliative care education information
  •  a resource for providers to advertise courses and programmes to health and social care professionals and the wider community
  • a searchable and user-friendly listing of education programmes/courses, workshops, study days and  seminars

This database contains listings from 69 education providers offering 270 courses.  You can access the database via the IHF site HERE or via the AIIHPC site HERE  and the IAPC site HERE

If you would like additional information about the database contact Karen Charnley, Programme Manager for Education, AIIHPC kcharnley@aiihpc.org

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‘Cultures of grief: bereavement in young people’s worlds’ UK Childhood Bereavement Network Conference

logo_cbnHow can we best support grieving children across different cultural backgrounds?

This is the question addressed by the UK Childhood Bereavement Networks one day seminar ‘Cultures of grief: bereavement in young people’s worlds’ which takes place on Thursday May 2nd at the TUC congress Centre, London.

The conference will examine the ways in which culture impacts on children’s grief  and assess the implications of culture for professionals and volunteers  supporting bereaved children and young people taking a wide ranging view examining how grief is represented in music, books, films and social media.

The conference would be beneficial to anyone working directly and indirectly supporting bereaved children in particular those working in the following settings;

  • Bereavement support services
  • adult and children’s hospices
  • palliative care teams
  • children’s and early years organisations
  • schools, colleges and education services
  • Nursing and other health and social care services
  • police and other emergency services
  • other voluntary and statutory childcare organisations
  • faith and community groups supporting bereaved people
  • researchers in death and bereavement, childhood studies, cultural studies

More information on CBN is available HERE and additional details and booking for the conference is available HERE

Irish Hospice Foundation – Msc Bereavement Studies applications now open

Are you are a health, social work or mental health practitioner whose work brings you in contact with bereavement and loss? If so, the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Msc in Bereavement  Studies may be of interest to you. This part-time programme accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) has been developed to equip participants with an understanding of bereavement and loss from a theoretical and practice based perspective.  Year one comprises six core modules, completion of which will result in a Postgraduate Diploma in Bereavement Studies. Students completing a further three modules in year two,  including advanced research methods and a practical bereavement support development project will be eligible for the MSc.

Applications (which must be made online) for the September intake are currently open via the RCSI website HERE 

The deadline for completed applications is Friday May 4th.  If you are interested in applying for this course additional details and the course prospectus are available on the Irish Hospice Foundation website HERE

Dealing with grief in the workplace – Lunch & Learn Series

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s annual series of lunchtime seminars on handling grief in the workplace will run from February 7th until April 3rd.

The ‘lunch & learn’ series is aimed at managers, HR personnel or anyone supporting recently bereaved colleagues.

This year two new seminars; Communication Skills for Managers around Loss
and Grief and Thriving and staying healthy when working with grief and loss (self & organisational care for staff) have been included to address the wide-ranging impact of grief in the workplace. The series brochure, along with booking details is available HERE

In addition to the practical training on the day, participants will be given access to the Irish Hospice Foundation’s e-learning course to provide additional support material and an online training accompaniment to the seminar.

In further development of its guidance material on grief in the workplace, the Irish Hospice Foundation, along with Console will launch a Guide for employers on responding to suicide in the workplace’ on January 31st. The report will act as a practical resource to develop understanding and coping skills for organisations faced with the effects of suicide. Copies of the report and further information will be available on the Irish Hospice Foundation website after the official launch on the 31st.

Workshops in loss and bereavement 2012 brochure now avilable

 The Irish Hospice Foundation bereavement resource centre’s series of workshops on loss and bereavement will commence again on January 19th.

The workshops which address the spectrum of grief and loss are aimed at professionals and volunteers working in bereavement support and those wishing to learn more about bereavement theory and processes.

Workshops,  each of which are either one or two full day sessions run from January until late June with 23 titles being offered for the 2012 series. Topics covered range from suicide and addiction loss to communication skills for non clinical staff and creative arts in bereavement. Among the additions to the 2012 titles is ‘Grandparents grief; a complexity of losses‘ and ‘Final Journeys‘ a training input originally developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme to provide healthcare professionals with communication skills and insight to improve support and understanding around end-of-life care.

The workshops have accreditation of  two (for one day sessions) and six (for two days) CPD points from the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and post registration category 1 from An Bord Altranis. Further details and booking enquiries can be made by contacting the Irish Hospice Foundation and the full brochure can be downloaded HERE

Irish Hospice Foundation’s New Bereavement support e-learning site

Last year the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement education and training service   launched a bereavement training resource DVD titled ‘Lost for Words; words for loss‘. The content has now been developed into an e-learning module, the first module of its kind to be made available on the Irish Hospice Foundation’s new e-learning site.

The site will be officially launched by Miriam O Callaghan (who provided narration on the  Lost for words DVD) on Thursday September 29th at the Irish Hospice Foundation offices on Nassau st. More details available HERE

The new e-learning site will deliver training in bereavement theory and best practice through subscription to learning modules (additional modules are to be developed over time). The e-learning facility is particularly beneficial for organisations wishing to provide staff with introductory training in bereavement support direct to their desktops.

To mark the launch of the new site an introductory offer of €10 (the module will cost €15) is available until November 30th.  You can find out more about the e-learning module by contacting Breffni Mc Guinness, Training officer at the Irish Hospice Foundation on 01 6730074 or breffni.mcguinness@hospice-foundation.ie or you can register online for the module HERE