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Training & Educational Programs

Traumatic Loss Support Group Facilitator Training

The BC Bereavement Helpline's Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training is a 2-day program that teaches on the basics of facilitating a closed, 8-week support group for traumatic loss; homicide, suicide or a loss due to substance use. Curriculum includes:

  • - The BCBH Facilitator Training Manual included curriculum examples, handouts and educational resources
  • - Facilitation Guidelines & Best Practices
  • - Traumatic Bereavement Information & Education (how trauma affects the grieving process)
  • - Creating Group Safety and Cohesion
  • - Educational information and Resources
  • - Networking and ongoing support from BCBH
  • - Clinical supervision if holding a support group

BCBH Traumatic Loss Support Groups are lead by trained facilitators with bereavement support experience and education. We strive to ensure that at least one facilitator per group (out of 2) has lived experience. We welcome registered professionals and counselors, however this closed 8-week support group model is not a counseling model. Rather, we work to bring those with common lived experiences together to reduce isolation and promote healing through connection. Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. We strive to train for support groups that can provide a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate environment for those coping with a traumatic loss to share their stories and learn essential grief and mourning survival tools in order that they can integrate their loss into their daily lives and be able to live a happy and healthy life.

Upcoming Training Sessions:


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately our Lower Mainland in-person training programs are canceled at this time. We are looking into converting this program to an online format and will notify our community when this is in progress. 


Date: Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, 2020

Time: to be confirmed, usually 6-7 hours each day with 1 hour for lunch

Location: Trinity United Church

Hosted by: Inner Wisdom Counseling 

Cost: $250 Early Bird and BCBH Member pricing

Facilitator: Jessica Lowe

To register for the training, or for more information please email contact@bcbh.ca or call us at 604-738-9950, or toll-free at 1-877-779-2223.


Grief Support Group Facilitator Training with Clair Jantzen

Where: Willow Park Church, Board Room, 439 Highway 33 West, Kelowna BC

When: Monday March 30 @ 9am - Wednesday April 1 @ 4pm (9-4 daily)  RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 14 - 16, 2020

Cost: $499 plus GST (Total $523.95) 

Payment by Interac eTransfer to chjantzen1@gmail.com (Question: Where do you live? Answer: Kelowna); or check (payable to Clair Jantzen, mail to 1210 Wilson Ave, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6Y6)  

Facilitator: Clair Jantzen

For more information and to register, go to www.clairjantzen.ca/workshops

Training Sessions in Your Community

It is in our mandate to help increase community capacity to support those coping with grief and loss. It is possible for BCBH to come to you and provide onsite Traumatic Loss Support Group Facilitator Training (depending on schedules and our bandwidth). Please contact us for more information and an estimate.

Email Sean at contact@bcbh.ca, or call us at 604-738-9950 or toll-free at 1-877-779-2223.

Public Grief Education

The BC Bereavement Helpline also offers public education seminars on how to cope with grief and loss for schools, employee groups, governments, non-profits, or other institutions. Please call 604-738-9950, 1-877-779-2223 or email contact@bcbh.ca for more information or if you wish to schedule a training in your work place or organization.