The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN), and Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation, invite professionals such as social workers, palliative care staff, bereavement counsellors, clinical psychologists, teachers and guidance counsellors to an Inaugural West Region Meeting in the Croi Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway on Thursday, February 12th from 10am – 1pm.
The focus of the meeting, which is free of charge, will be on supporting adolescents through grief.
Announcing this open meeting, Nicola Jordan, Co-ordinator of the ICBN says: “This regional meeting is an opportunity for professionals working with bereaved children and young people in the locality to come together and share their experiences with people who are doing similar work. We are hoping professionals from Galway, Clare, Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon will join us on the day.”
”The teenage years can be a difficult and confusing period at the best of times. Therefore it’s important that adolescents are supported correctly at the time of bereavement so that they can cope with the situation as well as possible.”
Launched in 2012, the ICBN is a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families in Ireland. The aim is to ensure that all Irish children have access to a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the death of a loved one.
Hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and part funded by Tusla the Child and Family Agency, the ICBN was founded after Irish research found there was a lack of emphasis in government policy on children’s bereavement and a range of different approaches used locally.
The government sponsored ‘Growing up in Ireland’ research, published by the ESRI in 2012, found that 28% of Irish nine-year-olds have lost a grandparent and 2.2% have lost a parent.
For those attending the meeting, Nicola Jordan will introduce the work of the ICBN. She will be followed by Chair of the ICBN and Children and Loss Consultant Bríd Carroll, who will deliver a talk titled ‘Supporting adolescents through grief’.
The meeting will also be an opportunity for those working locally to meet and discuss current topics of interest.
The meeting is the latest in a series being held across the country. Over 300 professionals attended an ICBN event in the past year.
To find out more about the work of the ICBN and the resources it has developed see www.childhoodbereavement.ie
To attend the meeting in Galway, you must RSVP to Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org There is no charge for the event.