Training / Workshops
Training is a prerequisite for anyone hoping to volunteer with The Collective for Hope, but there are many different types of training and levels of commitment, from special event production to support group facilitation. Our hope is that anyone wanting to volunteer will find a meaningful and good fit for their talents and interests.
In addition to facilitator training, The Collective for Hope offers a wide variety of workshops and professional education opportunities that can be utilized personally and professionally.
Support Group Facilitator Training
Volunteers bring vital energy, talent and heart to our support groups, and we’re looking for more individuals to round out our team. If you’ve ever considered lending your compassion and time to the grieving community, please consider learning how to become a support group facilitator at our upcoming training.
Facilitator Training (for all program brands: Grief’s Journey, HEALing Embrace, and Ted E. Bear Hollow) is open to the public, and although a fair percentage of our volunteers are mental health professionals, school personnel, and other non-profit providers, we believe the best volunteers have open hearts and come from ALL walks of life.
Training participants can expect to gain a deeper understanding of key issues surrounding loss and grief (broadly defined), adult bereavement, childhood bereavement, individual and family coping, and resilience. Our goal is to prepare professionals and volunteers to provide more competent, compassionate, and effective support for individuals and families, whether they encounter the individuals and families through our programs or in their professional and personal lives.
A 20-hour comprehensive training that prepares adults (ages 18+) to lead grief support groups, this training includes several modules (from developmental grief responses to diversity and inclusion) and a curriculum manual that can be used personally or professionally once training has been successfully completed. 20 CEUs are awarded.
$75 For Volunteerism – No CEUs Awarded
$300 For Professional Use – 20 CEUs Awarded
Our continuing education (CEU) workshops are designed for networking, skill-building, and taking care of one another by surrounding ourselves with fellow caregivers, professionals, and volunteers, while having fun. All existing The Collective for Hope volunteers are encouraged to attend as well as any area professionals who are interested in learning more about specific grief support topics, while earning their annual continuing education requirements.
- Youth & Self-harm
- Boundary Setting
- Affinity group support; Suicide loss, Immigration loss, Pregnancy and Infant loss
- Creative Interventions; Art therapy, Sand tray therapy
- HR & Grief in the Workplace
Fees per event vary based on length of program and CEUs awarded but are typically $10-$20. We like to provide these workshops for free for our current volunteers, who would receive a special discount code to register.
Back by popular demand:
Grieving During the Holidays
November 22nd, December 2nd, or December 10th
Open to current program volunteers and to practitioners wanting to dive deeper into the topic for insights and take-aways for their personal or professional practice.
In-services for the Workplace
Bring quality grief education and support to your staff, professional group, or community. Below are a few frequently requested topics. All of these trainings may be customized for the particular needs of the audience and may include HR, Social Work, and other CEUs.
- Understanding & Supporting Grieving Youth
- Supporting Families/Colleagues Following Suicide
- Grief & Wellness: Providing Support in the Workplace
- Grief in the Classroom: Supporting Grieving Youth in a School Setting
- The Grief Roadmap: Supporting Yourself & Others Along the Journey
- Supporting Families Through a Serious Illness or Injury
- Grief in Foster Care
- Coping with or Supporting Ambiguous Loss & Disenfranchised Grief
Customized professional training is offered starting at $200/hour plus travel expenses if outside of the Omaha metro area. We would be happy to design a training program to meet your needs and put together a proposal designed for you and your colleagues.
Please contact Alex Jurgens, firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-502-2773 to discuss how we can help. Additional consultation/program adaptations are available for workplace-based support.
Grief Awareness Conference
Join us for a day of enhancing awareness, education, and support for all forms of grief.
The conference includes a variety of workshops led by national, regional, and local speakers dedicated to helping area professionals earn continue education and build their toolboxes for grief support.
We’re excited to announce this year’s conference is on June 4th. Our theme is GRIEF & SOCIAL JUSTICE: AWARNESS, REFLECTION, MOMENTUM.
Registration and additional information can be found on the conference event page.
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“I LOVED the training & was blown away by how informative, professional, and fun everything was. Great job!”