Walk With Me
Aboriginal Suicide Bereavement
Walk With Me is a 1-day process-based workshop exploring the suicide grief cycle in Aboriginal communities.
This workshop is intended for Aboriginal audiences or those working in Aboriginal communities.
The Walk With Me workshop draws heavily on Aboriginal culture and tradition as it seeks to take participants through the cycle of suicide grief. Aboriginal communities are frequently struck with a series of suicide deaths in a short period of time, each of these deaths adding to the already present burden of grief and loss. Bringing community members together for a day of hope and healing builds understanding and strength. This workshop takes the participants on a journey from the past, to the present and looks to the future; it creates a context for people to examine where they are in the grief cycle and how they can move forward to hope.
It is recommended that participants of this workshop also attend the 2-day ASIST workshop for skills-based suicide intervention training.
Workshop Topics include:
- Stories of Aboriginal experiences
- Talking openly about suicide
- Suicide bereavement model
- How we heal
- Developing grief work strategies
This workshop provides information and practical approaches for understanding and dealing with our own grief and to better understand others’ grief. It is NOT a replacement for grief counselling nor does it train participants to become counsellors. It is recommended that participants wait a period of time after losing a loved one to suicide before attending this workshop.
Participants receive a workbook and an extensive list of related resources and further readings. Information provided is appropriate for beginner and intermediate social work practice.
All participants will receive a participation certificate upon completing 7 hours of instruction.