Initial training for balloons volunteers who wish to work with young people
3rd March 2011
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Balloons, the Exeter, Mid and East Devon pre and post grief service for children young people and their families is at present recruiting for volunteer grief counsellors.

The course will take place over 6 days and will run from 10 – 4.30 with a 30 minute lunch break. Each participant will need to bring their own packed lunch. Refreshments will be provided.

The dates are as follows. Training begins in Exeter on Friday the 6th May, 13th May, 20th May, and 27th May. There is a break on the 3rd of June for half term then the 10th June with the 17th June being the last day.

Travel expenses will not be able to be claimed for attending training, however the training is free of charge to those who are able to volunteer some of their time to the service.

The course will be certificated re the number of hours attended, therefore if any of the training days are missed the trainee will have a one to one with the family worker/trainer for an overview of content and to collect handouts and will then be expected to produce a small piece of written work that covers the days content to demonstrate their understanding. Course duration = 36 hours. Plus additional tasks mentioned below.

Volunteers will be expected to produce a Personal Journal. This should include a reflection if thoughts and feelings that have been triggered from course content, and will also include what has been learnt.

Volunteers will be expected to produce a Learning journal. This will be made up from all of the course content in the form of handouts, exercises and your own written notes.

Written assignment 1000 – 1500 words – What needs to be considered when supporting a grieving child.

The training will provide the information and experiential practise required when supporting young people in travelling through their grief.

It includes attachment, developmental stages, what is grief? Developmental responses to grief, family and young person assessment procedures, complex responses to grief, the importance of metaphor in this work, creative interventions specific to grief. Etc

If you have any questions then please contact the family worker Deborah Butler on 01392 826064 or e mail her

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