ABRPO Workshops and Training Sessions

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ABRPO’s sessions upgrade professional skills and facilitate learning. We have published a practical, detailed guide to grief and loss, When Grief Comes to Work – Managing Grief and Loss in the Workplace – A Handbook for Managers and Supervisors

When Grief Comes to Work

Below are examples of ABRPO workshops.  We are also able to tailor a workshop for your needs.

ABRPO programs include:

  1. Education: how to recognize and intervene when experiencing the effects of Grief, Loss and Trauma; education is an essential component of all of our programs.
  2. Training: project staff partner with workers to co-create training to maximally respond to their stated needs.
  3. Grief/Loss/Multiple Loss Processing: recognizing the manifestations of a loss response in the worker, sensitization to loss responses of community members and enhancing coping strategies for workers.
  4. Development of Peer Support Systems: through team building, facilitating the ongoing peer support modelled in the trainings/workshops.
  5. Development of Resource Materials: working collaboratively with agencies to develop relevant materials for local activities.

Session Outlines:

    • 1 to 3-hour Presentations to Boards of Directors and/or designated staff and resource persons to increase awareness about the impact of change and loss on agency personnel and community members. Presentation topic includes grief theory, impact of loss, multiple loss, use of ritual, organizational transition, change theory, building sustainable capacity, enhancing individual coping strategies and organizational responsiveness.
    • 1-day Basic Training about Grief and Loss for Support Workers, Volunteer Coordinators and other frontline staff.
    • Half-day Workshop for Supervisors on “Caring for the Caregivers.” Goals: To build resilience, clarify best practices and pass knowledge from experienced to new. Sample topics: how to support front-line staff; coaching to engage volunteers from the community; setting boundaries; demystifying common grief responses.
    • 1 or 2-day ‘Survive and Thrive’ Workshop for long-term HIV/AIDS survivors who have experienced multiple losses.
    • 1 or 2-day Workshop for Staff, Volunteers or Board Members to strengthen professional skills and build “Community Resiliency”. Follow-up referrals and support are available.
    • Extended Program of Consultation for front-line workers on topics they identify and for a duration they designate, e.g. to fine tune an agency bereavement program or help set up a procedure to debrief after a sudden death.

Frontline HIV/AIDS caregivers meet enormous personal and professional challenges. As a result, turnover is high and many who continue are challenged to function well due to “compassion fatigue”. Challenges include:

  • Ongoing deaths and inescapable shadow of death
  • Stigmatized work
  • Complex and acute disease manifestation
  • Work with diverse populations.