When a child loses someone they love, it can be hard to know how best to help – sadly, this is a situation that we can’t fix. But, there is lots that we can do support the child to feel a little better in this moment and to provide a little hope for the future which is the focus of this course which provides you with a wide range of practical ideas. Working through these modules will help you frame your support in such a way that gives you confidence you are doing the right thing and will enable the child you are supporting to feel heard, seen and safe.
This course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally recognised mental health expert and author. The course is based on training session first commissioned by Penhaligon’s Friends. A Cornwall based charity which specialises in supporting children who’ve been bereaved.
Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She is the author of several books, and is a former chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She runs Creative Education alongside her husband and Mother-in-Law.