Awareness in Bereavement Care (ABC) course
This is the national Cruse foundation course for anybody wanting to work with clients as a qualified bereavement volunteer. It consists of 16 core modules focusing on the impact of bereavement and the grieving process and how listening and responding skills can be used to support clients. The duration of the course is 60 hours, and it is usually run over eight Saturdays.
We normally run two ABC courses every year. There will be an opportunity to meet with the course tutors to learn more in detail and for you to decide whether it is right for you.
People who complete the course satisfactorily and wish to become Cruse volunteers are then invited for a final interview. If successful, they are allocated a supervisor, and they will be fully supported when they will see their clients.
All Cruse volunteers are required to have enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and this is carried out following final interview. This check is carried out during the ABC course so that course graduates who succeed in their final interview can join our volunteer team without delay.
SPRING ABC COURSE STARTS 10th March 2018
The Spring ABC Course will take place on the following Saturdays between 9.30am and 4.30pm at Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH
The course is designed to give trainees the awareness, skills and knowledge to work as Bereavement Support Volunteers, providing bereavement counselling to our clients.
A basic overview of the course content is as follows, with each Saturday covering 2 sessions:
Day 1 Sessions 1 & 2: Introduction
Day 2 Session 3: Supporting Through Active Listening
Session 4: Death in our Changing Society
Day 3 Session 5: Grief in Families
Session 6: Key Counselling Skills
Day 4 Sessions 7 & 8: Working with Clients
Day 5 Session 9: Death of a Child
Session 10: Support Systems
Day 6 Session 11: Groups: A Process of Support
Session 12: Complicated Grief
Day 7 Session 13: The Realities of Being a Bereavement Volunteer
Session 14: Preparing for Endings
Day 8 Session 15: Working Practically and Creatively
Session 16: Sharing and Practice
As part of the course you will be required to produce a written portfolio which will include a personal learning journal, personal profile, linkwork (homework) from the course and other evidence of learning. The portfolio must be completed and handed in to the office by Friday 25th May 2018 at the very latest. You will also be required to attend a supervision session as an observer.
Pre-course interviews will be held in January 2018. It is essential that you can attend a minimum of 14 of the 16 half day sessions of the course in order for you to pass and you must attend on Day 1. Our courses are always oversubscribed so unfortunately, not all applicants will be given a place. We will be running the course again in 2019.
The cost of the course is £300 which reflects the professional quality of the training and the fact that it is widely acknowledged as being of a very high standard. The fee will become payable once your place on the course has been confirmed following the pre-course interview.
Arrangements for payment in installments may be negotiated and concessions (£80) are available for those on means tested benefits.
By its nature the course may be unsuitable for anyone who has experienced a close bereavement in the last two years. Completion of the course is not a guarantee of acceptance as a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer although most successful trainees do go on to work with us.
If you have any questions when considering whether to apply, you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01865 202242 or 07984 212839