Date(s) - 27/01/2017 - 29/01/2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lakeside Church Central
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CACPT Bereavement, Grief and Loss Certifcate
Working with Children through Grief and Loss
DATES: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 27, 28 & 29, 2017
LOCATION: Guelph, Ontario
Certificate Program Instructor
Irena Razanas RSW, CPT
Irena Razanas is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist and the Director of Clinical Support Services at Hospice of Waterloo Region, a charity which provides support to people needing palliative care. She completed her undergraduate work at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.
Prior to moving to Ontario 20 years ago, Irena practiced health social work at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and then became the Coordinator of Hope and Cope, a support system for people living with cancer. She developed some of the first support groups in Canada for women with breast cancer and groups for young adults with cancer.
Irena was the Executive Director of Hospice of Waterloo Region until 2012. She helped them realize their dream of establishing “The Hospice Family Centre” which opened in Kitchener in the spring of 2010. In addition to her administrative duties, Irena fuelled her passion for working with children by creating the Families First Program at Hospice which includes group sessions for children and teens who are bereaved, a parenting through grief support group and individual counselling for adults and play therapy for children whose lives have been touched by a life threatening illness and loss.
Irena believes in the healing power of play for both adults and children. She has had extensive training in sandtray worldplay therapy and uses expressive play therapy in her work with adults and children who are anticipating a loss or have recently experienced a death of a loved one.
Overview: Working with Children who are anticipating a loss or who have recently experienced a loss through death or separation demands a great deal of the therapist. Therapists need to have a solid understanding of child development and how death and separation is viewed at each age. They need to know the difference between a normal and a complex grief reaction and how to appropriately and simultaneously support children and the adults who care for them as they navigate through this often-tumultuous time in their lives. The application of this knowledge rests on the assumption that the therapist has examined and is aware of their own experience with grief and loss, and comes to the play room knowing that the activities they provide and the interactions they support will have a profound affect on the people they treat and in turn they too will be affected by the stories they hear and bare witness to.
Upon completion of this certificate participants will:
This Certificate Program would be of interest to those working with agencies and departments engaged in grief counselling including shelters, adoption agencies, victim witness programs, community living agencies and programs focusing on grief and loss. Also, those working as marriage and family counsellors, child life specialists, educators interested in gaining familiarity with play therapy and would be most valuable to people working with children and families in the mental health field.
Bookings are closed for this event.