Based on seven years of experience running training courses throughout Scotland, before further refinement in the United States, this manual is a tried and tested method of training people to counsel and aid others who are suffering loss and bereavement.
The manual features:
* an explanation of the learning method and ethical issues
* role-play exercises to allow trainees to experience common situations
* easy-to-use course material for the facilitator and the participants
* further resources should extra training be desired.
The course confronts the fear of mortality, promoting self-awareness and self-nurturing in carers to prepare them for the pain, fear, anxiety and anger of those who have been abused or grieving, and develops the skills which enable the carer to fulfil their task.
Fay W. Jacobsen has been a health visitor, Lecturer in Health Education at West Lothian College of Further Education and, later, the Department of Nursing Studies at Edinburgh University. She was involved in the organisation of the Scottish Women's Health Fair, and helped found the Gorgie Dalry Well Woman Project. Working freelance for the Scottish Health Education Group together with Alison Shoemark and Margaret Kindlen, she helped develop basic counselling skills training for nurses in Scotland, and published the training manual Sharing Counselling Skills in 1989. She then worked as volunteer at a Rape and Domestic Violence Center in the USA for three years. She is currently a freelance counsellor and psychotherapist.
Introduction. SECTION 1: LEARNING TO HELP PEOPLE LIVE THROUGH LOSS. The learning method. The learning environment. Principles underlying effective experiential learning practice. Working with groups. The elements of the course. Support structures. Stages in experiential learning. Balancing challenge and support. Role-play as a tool in experiential learning. Trainers have needs too. Practical steps in course planning. SECTION 2: COURSE PROGRAM AND LESSON PLANS. Day one. Program for day one. Lesson plans for day one. Day two. Day three. Day four. Day five. Follow-up day. Additional lesson plans. SECTION 3: FACILITATOR'S MATERIALS. Preparing for the course. SECTION 4: PARTICIPANTS' MATERIALS. Materials for the structured course. Materials for use with additional lesson plans. Extra materials. Structured role-plays. Alternative evaluation forms. SECTION 5: REFERENCES, FURTHER READING AND RESOURCES.