8 Week Program
September 18th - November 12th, 2020. Limited spaces.
How do I support others in the transformation that grief invites?
This is a program for those who are searching for practical and soulful approaches to
supporting others through grief, loss and transition in ways that
promote dignity and meaning through times of pain.
For those who want to learn therapeutic concepts and strategies to enhance their caring support of others. For those who want to deepen their ability to hold gentle and transformative space for others. For those that are called to companion others through life transitions in effective and healing ways.
This is a course for those called to be of service in times of grief.
Let's face it - our world needs us to be able to grieve. Grief is our love, and allowing grief to flow in healthy ways helps us to remain open, responsive and in relationship to our self, to others, and to life. It supports us to remain in connection to show up for who and what we care about.
And, most of us are living in, or impacted by, dominant culture that has relegated grief to the shadows, as illness, weakness and an antithesis to productivity, worth and value. We are made to feel that grief is shame-worthy, and that we are somehow inadequate if we haven't "got over it yet". All the while, society offers us no shortage of opportunities to numb out, dissociate and bury our pain, causing more suffering, personally and collectively.
This needs to change. And some of us are being called to step in to tend these threshold experiences to support others - to be an ally to the transformation that grief invites. We are being asked to facilitate this passage in service towards wholeness, healing and love.
Now, more than ever, we need grief companions, grief tenders, and grief activist to help usher us through these times with resiliency, dignity, and community.
Whether you are a peer counselor, volunteer,
death doula, outreach worker, healer, coach, mentor - this program provides foundational skills that allow
you to show up in compassionate and healing ways for others.
Whether you have been supporting others in the helping field for years, or you are just starting out on your path being called to tend to grief - this program offers accessible yet profound ways to deepen your knowledge and approaches supporting others through difficult times.
Content is grounded in trauma-aware, heart-centered, culturally-inclusive and resiliency-based therapeutic approaches and is relevant to multiple contexts - whether it be death, illness, divorce, relationship endings, career transitions, substance
use/recovery, moving, cultural loss, identity changes, major life transitions, and more.
The practices and skills offered are informed by therapeutic grief theory and practice, Satir
Transformational Therapy, response-based practice, somatic and embodied healing modalities, cultural and feminist studies, and over a decade of first-hand experience supporting and teaching a diversity of people through a diversity of change and loss.
The program is focused mostly on providing support to another in a one-on-one context, or within smaller informal settings. The learning method is grounded in self-reflection and experiential self-inquiry to support skill acquisition and embodiment.
When is the training?
Course begins September 18th with the first Lesson released, and ends November 12th, with the last live Office Hour. Students have access to
the course content for one year.
How is this program structured?
There are 8 lessons, one released each week on Friday around 6:00pm PST. Each lesson consists of a video teaching and reflection practices to deepen skill acquisition. Additional resources will compliment each lesson for those who want to further their learning.
Each Thursday, from 5:00-6:15pm PST there will be live "Classroom Time", held via Zoom for students to ask questions, share their learning experiences, and to deepen into the content via experiential reflections and group process.These will be audio recorded for later playback also.
An online private Facebook group will be available for students to connect and share additional content and experiences.
The course includes a individual 30 minute mentor session with Shauna, which can be booked anytime before Dec 31st, 2020.
What will I receive?
- Over 6 hours of video lesson content
- Experiential activities, reflections, and/or handouts with each lesson
- Access to 10 hours of direct Q&A and integration time via Zoom
- Additional resource section for each lesson for deeper exploration if you choose
- Online community space to connect with other students and additional content
- One 30 minute mentor session (value $73)
What is the weekly time commitment?
This is an adult learning program and the amount of time and effort you put in will directly relate to what you get out of it. To fully engage with the weekly content video, reflections and exercises, I recommend a minimum of 2 hours a week. If you include the classroom time each week, plus engaging in the additional resources and the online space, I would set aside 4 hours a week. Learning best happens when it is experiential. The weekly exercises, group calls, and online space are designed to offer this.
This course is designed to support an experiential and embodied deepening into your capacity to support others with attunement. presence and therapeutic wisdom, drawing on concepts that are transferable to diverse and unique contexts. This course is not an intellectual endeavor to gain prescriptive how-to's or techniques.
An openness to engage in self-inquiry around your own grief is necessary. Similar to any in-person counseling training, self-reflection and your own continued healing is part of the program. The more we can be with and understand our own grief process, the better able we are to show up for others in healing and effective ways. This training is delivered with this axiom as foundation.
Will the content be relevant to me?
I welcome folks of diverse lived experiences and skill levels who are supporting others through grief of any kind, and who have experience working through and with their own grief in healing ways. Whether you have years of experience in the helping profession, or are newly on the path to tending grief - you are welcomed and will receive benefit from the content. This course is a trauma-aware and resiliency-focused framework that provides accessible, practical and soulful approaches that can be integrated into your caring relationships, now. All the skills are transferable to different and multiple loss contexts.
**Please note: If you are currently experiencing active acute grief, I recommend reaching out for some support sessions before the course starts and to assess if this is the right timing. While the content will invite personal reflection, it is aimed towards deepening your capacity supporting others.
If you still have questions about suitability, please email me, I would love to chat: [email protected]
What does this program cover?
Lesson 1 - Fundamentals of Grieving
- Pillars of grief awareness
- Personal and cultural frameworks for understanding grief
- Grieving styles and expressions
Lesson 2 - Creating Safety
- Supporting nervous system capacity
- Mapping support and resources
- Enhancing self-efficacy for resiliency
Lesson 3 - Self as Healing Presence
- Congruency, attunement and unconditional positive regard
- Boundaries, integrity and individual needs
- Companioning perspectives
Lesson 4 - Complexities of Loss
- Tangible and intangible roots to grieving
- Nurturing coping strategies through grief yearnings
- Transformation Tree method to effective support
Lesson 5 - Theory and Practice
- Moving beyond the well-known Western theories of grief
- Response-based approaches that uplift choice and dignity
- Social position, privilege and power in helping roles
Lesson 6 - Trauma-Informed Support
- Signs of trauma as a response
- Caring responsibilities as a non-therapist
- Special considerations for traumatic bereavement
Lesson 7 - Kids and Youth
- Developmental considerations for understanding death
- Unique adolescent grief needs
- Engaging healing through metaphor
Lesson 8 - Self-Designed Rituals
- Basic elements of ritual for grieving and healing
- Facilitating meaningful ritual design to meet grief needs
- Supporting relational (animist) ways of being with grief
Cost - The cost of this 8 week course is $355USD, paid by credit card or debit.
I am committed to keeping this work accessible and offer two reduced pricing options at $310 and $265. All price tiers have payment plan options (3 payments over 3 months, for an additional $5).
Please reflect on your access to
financial resources as you discern which tier. For folks coming from current and/or historically
marginalized populations, such as queer and trans people, BIPOC, First Nations, and people living with disabilities, please reach out to me if price is a barrier. I would love to chat about what would be supportive for you.
Reach out if you have any questions: [email protected]
Learning - this course
is a mixture of video content (downloadable transcripts available), written content, downloadable PDF handouts, online community space, and live experiential Q&A calls.
Shauna Janz (she/her) is dedicated to tending belonging in our world - within ourselves, with each other, and with our other-than-human relations. She creates space for reaching into the rough and beautiful places that are a catalyst for transformation and healing, personally and collectively, through grief work, ritual and ancestral healing. Her offerings are trauma-informed, somatic-based and anchored in the resiliency of the human spirit, and animist and decolonizing values.
Shauna supports individuals, families, communities and organizations, and has been designing and delivering trauma-informed programs since 2008. Audiences have included non-profit organizations, local and provincial government, First Nation communities, post-secondary education institutions, school district counseling teams, rural communities and international summits.
Alongside her private practice and online school of Sacred Grief, Shauna is a trainer and mentor with BC Bereavement Helpline supporting traumatic bereavement by homicide, suicide and drug-related death. In the past, she has been a teacher and mentor with Ancestral Medicine, leading multi-day healing rituals; an Executive Director with Learning Through Loss serving youth and adults with grief education and support; the founder of the Victoria Holistic Death Care Gatherings uplifting grassroots perspectives, and a co-visionary for the annual Deathly Matters community conference. She is a lover of inspiration and creativity, and can be found dancing, playing music, and walking in the wilds of nature and mystical communion. Her ancestors are from the lands of Scot Celtic, northern Germanic and Nordic cultures.
Frequently Asked Questions
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