20 June 2019, London


A multi-disciplinary workshop which will use the framework of The Pillars of Strength to deepen existing skills and knowledge around grief, empowering professionals to provide high-quality bereavement support to families whilst maintaining their own resilience.

Target audience – Professionals working in supportive roles with bereaved families

Entry-level requirements –  Delegates must have attended a Child Bereavement UK workshop in the last 5 years or provide evidence of basic bereavement training

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain understanding of The 8 Pillars of Strength and how to use it in your work
  • To deepen self-awareness in relation to loss and grief, with particular emphasis on self-compassion and resilience
  • To be informed of current research on the mind-body connection
  • To explore creative ways of working with families to remember the person who has died
  • To explore and develop positive habits and structures for self-support
  • To gain an understanding of the theory and power of focusing and visualisation in bereavement work
  • To gain information about Child Bereavement UK, other support organisations, and reference material  

    Proposed timetable of the day

    • 09.30  Registration and coffee
    • 10.00  Welcome and Introductions
    • 10.45  The 8 Pillars of Strength
    • 11.00  Accommodation of grief theory (1)
    • 11.30  Coffee
    • 12.00  Accommodation of grief theory (2)
    • 12.30  Ways to Express Grief
    • 13.15  Lunch
    • 14.15  Our relationship with self
    • 15.00  Mind-body connection
    • 15.30  Focusing
    • 16.00  Reflections on the day
    • 16.30  End

    Book your place 

    To book your place, please complete the booking form and return to the Training Department or call us on 01494 568909.

    JULIA SAMUEL MBE, Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK

    MSc MBACP (Snr Accredited) UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

    Julia was Psychotherapist for Paediatrics at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, the post she established in 1992, where her role for 25 years involved seeing families who have children or babies who die, and where she trained and supported the staff.

    In 1994 she worked to help launch and establish The Child Bereavement Trust (now Child Bereavement UK), and as Founder Patron has since been involved in many aspects of the charity’s work, having a key role in fundraising, strategy and training.

    In 2016 Julia was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to bereaved children and in 2017 Middlesex University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate.

    In 2017 Julia published Grief Works, a UK bestseller which has been published in 17 countries.

    She also has a private practice, seeing families and individuals for many different issues.


    Chair, Birthright (Wellbeing) (1992-1995)

    Founder Patron, Child bereavement UK (1994+)

    Trustee, Child Bereavement UK (2008+)

    Tutor, Metanoia Institute (1997-2008)

    Governor, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2001-2004)

    Vice President, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ( 2013+)