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Course Description

(12 hours)

Dying, death and bereavement are universal experiences that call us into profound connection with questions of meaning, purpose and the human spirit. And yet for those both within and without traditional religious orthodoxy, questions of spirituality in death and grief are often marginalized, with death being managed as a primarily medical event. How do we place the personal and transpersonal aspects of dying and grieving back in the centre of the experience? And how do we tend to our own deepest selves as we sit with suffering?

In this interactive two-day workshop we will explore ways of relating to and reclaiming soulfulness in the work of spiritual care in end of life and bereavement, both for our clients and ourselves. In day one, through a mix of didactic and experiential, non-denominational practices of presence, reflection and inquiry, we will explore our own spiritual and/or religious orientation in working with the dying and bereaved, various approaches to the art of bearing witness, practices to support meaning-making with the dying and bereaved, and considerations supporting an antioppressive orientation when working across difference and in complex conditions. In day two, again through both didactic and experiential practices, we will investigate how to care for ourselves as we carry the work of being with dying. Through a centering of our own experiences, explorations of the personal impacts of our work, reviewing the neuroscience of empathy and empathic distress (commonly called compassion fatigue), understanding the resilience-enhancing role of compassion and self-compassion, and learning new strategies to strengthen our resources, we will each build a concrete plan for self-care that can be used to enhance or revision our existing self-care practices.

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For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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