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Turning pain into resilience: Helping children overcome loss and separation reactions

Competences to be exercised:

  • The skill of planning and practising open dialogues about loss and separation.
  • How to help babies and toddlers overcome separation reactions
  • How to help toddlers handle daily separations in a secure way
  • How to help children and youth understand their own behaviours as natural reactions to loss.
  • How to use your own life experiences as a resource for story-telling and exemplary narratives.
  • Acting as a role model to inspire children and youth trying to cope with their losses.

Theme of the session:
In this training session you are going to work with ways of helping children overcome difficult or traumatic separations such as the loss of care from parents and other broken bonds with important caregivers or with important friends.


Aims of the session:

The main goal of this session is to practice open and informative dialogues with children and youth about reactions to loss. Also, how to create activities where children can actively work to come to terms with their life circumstances and understand their own reactions to loss.

Please use 15 minutes (or as much time as needed) for summing up what you worked with between the last session and this one:

•  Did you succeed in doing what you planned?
What was easy to do and what was difficult?
What did you learn from doing what you planned?
What can you do better next time you work between sessions?

Please remember: It is okay if you experienced problems – this is a new way of working, and it takes some exercise and experimenting before it becomes routine.