We’ve received a $25,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation’s Special Medical Program! This grant will be used to develop a new training program entitled The Complexities of Grieving: A Process for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
The goals of this training are as follows:
- To provide training to care staff and other direct service providers to be able to offer their clients the proper level of support during times of significant emotional difficulty.
- To be able to identify why a client is experiencing grief or has the potential to experience grief and, as a a result, be able to change the way we serve them.
- To provide effective strategies to caregivers to effectively deal with loss for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
- To promote an opportunity for healing and well-being for individuals with intellectual disabilities as they progress through the grieving process.
Training modules that cover the following topics will be provided to direct care professionals, as well as family members.
• Grief and active listening
• Determining how to respond
• De-mystifying death
• Clarifying the concrete and the abstract
• Asking for help
• Helping clients to process their needs
• Anticipatory grief
• Disenfranchised grief
• Cultural expressions of grief
• Case examples, example responses, & review of changes in diagnostic language
More details concerning the progress of the development of the training modules will be posted as they become available.