Trauma-Informed Grief Support

A Professional Development Workshop

January 26th & 27th, 2023

Thursday & Friday, 9:30am-2:30pm PST (12:30pm-5:30pm EST)

Space is limited to 15 participants.

Registration by application

This is an online educational workshop for folks who are supporting others through grief, whether in 1:1 or small group facilitation contexts. This workshop will provide trauma-informed and therapeutic grief skills that allow you to offer compassionate and attuned care, while also offering accessible and effective grief literacy to support your clients’ capacity to be in relationship to their grief in affirming and healing ways.

Life-changing workshop. Truly such a gift to be part of the weekend session. Thank you for your wisdom and medicine.

Vem Stevens

What will we focus on?

The content is grounded in somatic-informed, heart-centered, and resiliency-based approaches and practices, and relevant to many loss contexts. We focus on the grief process and supporting individuals' unique grief needs, while aware of the larger cultural influences and loss experience(s) that shape their grieving, rather than focusing on the specifics of the loss event (death, illness, relationship endings, career transitions, substance use/recovery, moving, cultural loss, identity changes, major life transitions, ecological despair, and more).

What will this look like?

This is a 2-day online training via Zoom, meeting for 5 hours each day, with an integration break part way through each day. The learning method is grounded in teaching content, experiential self-inquiry, somatic practices, small group sharing, and large group process. There will be time to invite questions and discussion relevant to your own support contexts.

What is required?

Your live-time attendance for the full duration of our time is required, with zoom camera on, alongside the willingness to work with others in occasional smaller group breakout rooms.

An openness to engage in self-inquiry and somatic practices around your own relationship to grief is necessary, alongside an openness to be in learning connection with other participants. Similar to any therapeutic training, a willingness to engage in the material in a personal way is an important aspect of learning and integration. 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, always alongside choice and invitational options for practices.

Who is this for?

This is a professional development opportunity for helping professionals that provide therapeutic support or programs/services to individuals and/or small groups which require you to hold healing space for grief, loss and change. Welcome counselors, coaches, mentors, crisis line volunteers, bereavement group facilitators, death doulas, healing arts practitioners, social workers, peer supporters, non-profit teams, and more.

I welcome folks of diverse ancestries, identities, social locations, faith-based traditions and lived experiences. The content is accessible and invites strategies and reflections that can be explored in ways that work for you and those you serve, personally, professionally, and culturally.

This may not be a fit if:

While recognizing that we all hold grief in hearts, this is not a workshop experience for folks who are experiencing acute grief or currently needing direct trauma care. That requires a different attuned approach that cannot be provided here. If you have any questions or want to chat about right-fit and timing, please reach out: shaunajanz-at-gmail-dot-com

What will I learn?

You will learn how to

  • support somatic regulation and containment in service to grieving
  • provide trauma-informed attunement and pacing
  • understand and recognize trauma responses alongside grief expressions
  • assess and track nervous system responses, in yourself and another
  • practice skills of therapeutic and embodied presence
  • support diverse complexities of loss alongside one’s unique grief needs
  • recognize and support different expressions of grieving
  • be aware of dominant cultural influences on grieving
  • offer an accessible and pragmatic grief literacy framework to those you support

You will also receive a PDF learning booklet by email at the end of the workshop with the key handouts/content to support your integration and that can also be used with those you support.

Shauna's skill and clear demonstration of dedication to her personal healing and grief tending work allowed me to experience what a safe container feels like. I felt held in her humour, trauma-informed approach and year's of experience in the field of grief support. I left the workshop with so many tangible skills to not only support the youth I work with but also my personal relationships. I would take this workshop again and can't recommend it enough. I feel like it is invaluable learning for all of us, regardless of profession.

Remy Yates

Cost is offered on a scale that values economic justice, acknowledging systemic differences in folks' access to resources.

Folks residing in Canada pay CAD currency, and those outside of Canada pay in USD currency.

Supporter Rate: $300

If you are funded by an organization or business, or have access to financial security, own property, are in a double-income home, or have personal savings.

*If you choose this rate, it directly supports another to attend at the Supported or Sponsored rate.

Sustainer Rate: $250

If you have access to steady income and stability in your home/life, and have access to resources through family or friends, and ability to budget for opportunities such as this training.

Supported Rate: $200 (4 spaces)

If your access to resources is limited and your economic situation limits your ability to attend at the higher tiers.

Sponsored Rate: (dependent on ongoing enrolments and tiers chosen) If the tiered costs are a barrier, please send an email and let’s chat about a Sponsored option. Priority for this will be given to those who are living historically/currently marginalized identities (BIPOC, LGBTQI+, disabled folks).

**If you are someone who comes from wealth, privilege and/or multiple means to resources and have the capacity to contribute towards a Sponsored position, there is an option to let me know in the application form. Thank you.


Registration is a two-part process

1. Fill out an APPLICATION FORM here

2. You will then receive a confirmation email within 5 days with more details on next steps and payment options. Thank you.

Refunds: Full attendance is required, so please ensure you are able and willing to attend both days fully before you send in an application.

I am able to offer a full refund, minus a $25 admin fee, if you withdraw from the workshop before Thursday, January 19th, 2023. If you need to withdraw from the workshop on January 19th, 2023 or thereafter, I can only offer a 50% refund, unless your spot can be filled by another applicant upon which I am able to offer you the full refund, minus the $25 admin fee.

Your Instructor

Shauna Janz, MA
Shauna Janz, MA

For over 14 years, I have been supporting individuals, families, communities, and organizations through grief, loss and difficult experiences.

I have had the honor to work with non-profit organizations, government, First Nation communities, post-secondary educational institutions, school counseling and critical incident response teams, and rural community support teams. I have an active private practice offering consulting and facilitation services. I am in ongoing partnership with Moms Stop the Harm providing trauma-informed facilitation skills to their national team of facilitators in the context of harm reduction and bereavement by substance poisoning. I have also been a trainer with BC Bereavement Helpline delivering traumatic loss support training for violent death loss, and for 12 years was the education director and facilitator with Learning Through Loss delivering grief trainings for supporting youth and school based programs.

My approach is trauma-informed, anti-oppressive and rooted in nurturing resiliency and dignity.