On Monday we hosted a training day led by Pete English from This Way Up, a charity that specialises in supporting young people through bereavement and loss. So many of the young people we work with today have experienced some kind of significant loss in their lives, whether the death of a parent, relative or friend, the separation of their parents, change of school or any number of other events. These experiences of loss impact on the already turbulent world of adolescent development and manifest themselves in all sorts of ways.
Because we frequently come across young people who are trying to cope with loss we wanted to increase our knowledge and skills in this area. As well as the CYO team we’d opened up the day to others working in education which drew in primary and secondary school teachers, youth workers and those working in the alternative education sector. Pete’s wisdom, experience, case studies and gentle manner allied to the huge range of practical experience in the room made for a fascinating day of learning which we can immediately apply in our work.
Here are just a few of the resources mentioned during the day that come recommended and which you might find helpful:
The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools – Ian Gilbert with William, Olivia and Phoebe Gilbert
Blame My Brain : the amazing teenage brain revealed - Nicola Morgan
Teenagers and Attachment: Helping Adolescents Engage with Life and Learning – Andrea Perry (editor)
Draw on Your Emotions – Sunderland & Engleheart
Supporting Young People Through Parental Break-up – Tomblin & English
and finally, Lost and Found, a course by This Way Up for young people in secondary schools for which youth, family and care workers can can be trained as facilitators.