Bereavement support education
The Department of Staff Development offers a variety of educational classes on bereavement support. Each program is tailored to meet the unique needs of the health professional working with different groups of bereaved families. Courses are intended for nurses, social workers, clergy, physicians, and bereavement support staff.
RTS Bereavement Support Training Program
Based on the international RTS program curriculum, this two-day program is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge they need to respond to families who have lost a baby through an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death. On completion, participants will be registered as RTS support persons through RTS Bereavement Services, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
HOPES/CARE Bereavement Support Training Program
This is a two-day program designed for health professionals who want to improve their skills in responding to families who have lost a child or an adult loved one, whether suddenly or after a long-term illness. The program will focus on providing assistance at the time of a loved one's death as well as follow-up during the first year.
SEASONS Bereavement Support Training Program
Individuals wishing to receive training in the area of sudden and traumatic death have the choice of attending either the CARE or HOPES training programs depending on whether they prefer to focus on pediatric or adult loss.