Working with Child Bereavement
Evening Seminar 8 February 2020
Working therapeutically alongside women, men and couples who have experienced the loss of a baby or child requires an understanding of this unique and often deeply traumatic bereavement. Whether the loss is a miscarriage, termination, stillbirth, neo-natal death, or the loss of a child at any age, parents often feel isolated, bewildered and with a sense of despair.
Although each parent’s story is specific to their circumstances, there are themes that often arise:
- A lack of compassion from the medical world.
- Deeply felt loss of hopes and dreams for the potential life.
- identity loss
- Losing relationships with friends, family and sometimes partners.
- Loss of relationship to physical body and possibly with sex.
- Loss of privacy.
- Inability to face the future/make plans for possible pregnancy or treatment.
- Feelings of failure.
The session will look at these themes. It will also look at the challenges presented to the therapist when working with these issues:
- confidentiality: is it ok to share information given to you by one client that might help another? What does this look like?
- Staying safe whilst remaining alongside
- How do you work with the imagery presented?
- Holding the client throughout what can be a long and difficult road?
Speaker: Lucie Stephenson
Lucie Stephenson is a Relational therapist, working in private practice, with a broad range of clients and issues.
Her own experience of losing a child in 1996 is what inspired her to become a therapist, when she realised there was an absence of this specialised therapy. She has worked with a variety of individuals and couples who have experienced the excruciating, empty, often silent loss of a baby or child. Through being alongside those suffering this very particular kind of heartache, Lucie has gained an extensive understanding of this subject and has since broadened her work to include those suffering with fertility issues and loss of a child at any age.
Come and take the opportunity go gain some excellent CPD as well as meet and socialise with colleagues. We have a broad range of topics coming up and have invited speakers to come and share their ideas and enthusiasm about counselling, therapy and transactional analysis with us.
We open the doors open from 5.00pm – the seminar starts at 5.15pm for an hour and a half. When you arrive we will offer you hot and cold drinks and snacks. There is a small charge of £10 per ticket for the seminar.