Education and Training Opportunities

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The Transitions Center provides training and workshops for employers, school personnel, social service and health care workers, safety forces, funeral homes, clergy, community and service groups, and others who would benefit from education and training.  Sessions are tailored to the specific needs of the participants.  Examples include grief in the workplace, integrating grief and loss curriculum into the classroom, helping children cope with tragedy, and supporting those with dementia.

Services Designed for the Workplace

The Transitions Center assists employers throughout North Central West Virginia in preparing for and responding to a loss related to death.  Available services include education, consultation, workshops and seminars, management training, crisis intervention, support groups and grief counseling.  The Bereavement Center works with managers, supervisors, employees and their families.  Services can be customized to fit a particular employer's needs.

Education

The Transitions Center provides education and training for employers, employees and their families.  Sessions are tailored to the specific needs of the participants.  Examples of topics are integrating grief and loss into management and supervisor training; basic concepts of grief and loss; advanced care planning; talking to children about death; maintaining workplace responsibilities; supporting employees who are caregivers; responding to employees who are grieving; and helping grieving co-workers.

Consultation

Transitions Center staff assists employers in identification and assessment of organizational needs, as well as development of a plan of action.  Examples include assisting employees in preparing for and responding to the death of a co-worker; providing support when there is a sudden death; developing a crisis response plan; and preparing supervisors to respond to grief and loss.  Consultations are provided either via telephone or on-site.

Crisis Intervention

A sudden and unexpected death can generate a severe crisis.    The Transitions Center provides crisis intervention when there is a death that impacts the workplace, such as the death of a supervisor, employee, or employee's family member.  Staff conduct de-briefings, provide education and presentations, and are available to facilitate on-site support groups.

Support Groups

The Transitions Center offers six-week education and monthly support groups at a number of locations throughout Northeast Ohio.  These groups are open to the community.  Groups are tailored to the many needs of the bereaved, including those experiencing perinatal loss, groups for children, teens, younger widows/widowers, and those for all ages.  Groups for survivors of suicide, AIDS, and for those with other specific needs are also offered as the need arises.

Individual and Family Grief Counseling

Master's-licensed staff provide individual counseling for children, youth, adults and families.

Services Designed for School

The Transitions Center provides death education and support groups for children, youth and families in a variety of formats, including groups for those experiencing loss through violence, the death of a parent or sibling, and other specific needs.  Examples include:

  • Short-term support interventions (3 sessions) for students.
  • Family programming, which can be set up conjointly with children's groups.

Child and Adult Grief Therapists are available to work individually with children, youth and their families through The Bereavement Center.  Call 216-486-6838 to schedule a grief counseling appointment.  Individual counseling is provided on a sliding fee schedule.

Consultation

Transitions Center staff assists school leadership in identifying the critical factors of a situation and developing a plan of action.  Examples include how to talk with children about tragedy, grief and loss; helping a teacher work with a child whose family member is dying; and integrating bereavement materials into the curriculum.  Consultations are provided either via telephone or on-site.

Crisis Intervention

A sudden and unexpected death can generate a severe crisis.  The Transitions Center provides crisis intervention when there is a death that impacts the school community, such as the death of staff or students.  The Bereavement Center staff consults with staff, conducts de-briefing, provides education and presentations, and facilitates on-site support groups for children, staff and families.

Education and Training

The Bereavement Center provides death education, training seminars, and workshops for school personnel, PTA/PTO organizations, students and families.  Sessions are tailored to the specific needs of the participants.  Examples of services provided are integrating grief and loss curriculum into the classroom; helping children cope with tragedy; talking to children about death; or helping a classroom respond when a classmate has experienced a death.

Consultations

The Bereavement Center staff provides consultation to employers, school personnel, social service/health care workers, safety forces, and others.  Staff assists the individual in identifying the critical factors of a situation and developing a plan of action.  Consultations are provided either via telephone or on-site.  Examples include working with a family member who has to tell their children about a sudden death; helping an employer consider key workplace issues to consider when an employee has died; helping a teacher work with a child whose family member is dying; providing a social worker with resource information; or assisting a nursing home in identifying support group approaches.

Custom Program Design

The Bereavement Center is available to design and implement a program that will meet you or your organizations unique needs as they relate to the grieving and subsequent growth process.

The Transitions Center, C/O Hospice Care Corporation
3363 University Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26505
1.866.275.5677 (loss)
Phone: 304-599-7490
Fax: 304.599.1125