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ARC: Supporting people with a learning disability through loss and bereavement

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12 October 2020
9:45 am - 4:00 pm




01246 555043

Online virtual training course (via Zoom) delivered by psychotherapist David O’Driscoll

Dealing with a loss can be hard for us all. If you work in a role caring and supporting people with a learning disability, ARC’s virtual training course offers practical help and theoretical models to enable you to support someone with a learning disability through the loss of a family member or friend.

This is a popular course so we advise booking as soon as possible.


Course content

Session One (morning): The first session will be focused on the general theories around loss and bereavement. It will include some material on the importance of funerals and ‘when grief goes wrong’. The focus will then move to people with a learning disability and their specific vulnerabilities.

Session Two (afternoon): The second session will focus on practical responses, including a checklist of what social care services should be doing. It will also look at specific interventions such as ‘social stories’ and ‘social scripts’. There will be an opportunity to look at a delegate’s concerns around a service user and a case formation session. This will be an opportunity for the group to put theory from the course into practice.

David O’Driscoll is a psychotherapist working in the NHS, chair of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire.

Both sessions will last approximately 2.5 hours with a 20 minute break in the morning and afternoon plus a 30 minute lunch break. It will be delivered via Zoom with a PowerPoint presentation. Delegates will be sent the PowerPoint material beforehand.



£65 ARC Members/ £85 Non-members

How to book your place

  1. Download and complete the ARC England Online Training Booking Form
  2. Email it to quoting the code ‘NATSPEC 2020’
  3. We will confirm your booking and invoice your organisation.

For more information about this workshop or to discuss your requirements, please get in touch: