Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Road safety charity announces crucial training opportunity for support workers


Brake, the road safety charity, is running an essential webinar on vicarious trauma, which will offer expert guidance on the condition to all victim support professionals.

Led by academics and expert practitioners, this vital webinar will cover both best practice guidance in developing protocols to ensure support workers are able to avoid vicarious trauma, and also assessments that practitioners can use to measure the condition.

Titled Supporting the supporter: vicarious trauma and support needs, this webinar will provide expert advice on methods that support workers can take to avoid vicarious trauma, including an overview of guidelines and best practice guidance. Speakers will also address commonly experienced signs and symptoms of the condition, and methods that can assist with diagnosis of vicarious trauma.

Attendees at this webinar will benefit from an exclusive ‘Meet the Expert’ session with leading academic, Dr Keren Cohen, Head of Therapies and Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. Keren is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and alongside her academic position, also works as a counsellor.

This webinar is being delivered by Sudden, a project coordinated by Brake. Following Brake’s extensive experience supporting families bereaved suddenly by road crashes, Sudden was founded as a project for sharing best practice in all types of sudden bereavement support among professionals. Sudden brings together academics, victim support professionals, and others to share and promote best practice.

Crucially, this event provides an excellent opportunity for global discussion, and through the inclusion of an interactive question and answer session, offers a unique chance for international professionals to consider practical issues with a field leader.

This webinar is relevant for anyone working in a support or caring capacity, and offers an excellent, free of charge professional development opportunity to all support workers, counsellors and practitioners.

This webinar is free of charge to all attendees, and will be held from 2pm - 3.30pm GMT, Thursday 21 September 2017. The event can be accessed from any location with a working internet connection.

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Attendees can register for this webinar online or by calling +44 (0)1484 559909. The webinar is free of charge to attendees.

Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, says:  “Vicarious trauma can present many of the same symptoms as direct trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder; therefore, it is essential that the correct support is provided to any care giver or support worker suffering from the condition. Led by academics and expert practitioners, this webinar will cover both best practice guidance in developing support networks that allow care givers to avoid vicarious trauma, and signs, symptoms and assessments for measuring the condition. This webinar is free of charge, offering an invaluable learning opportunity and making it accessible to all professionals working within a bereavement and support capacity. I would thoroughly recommend anyone working in this field, including emergency services personnel, health professionals and counsellors, to attend this event.”


Notes for editors:

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

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Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Sudden is a project run by Brake that helps people who have been bereaved by any kind of sudden death. Sudden believes people bereaved by sudden death suffer terribly and have acute support needs. We also believe these people have a right to recover and lead a full and happy life again. Sudden provides emotional support and practical help to suddenly bereaved people to enable this recovery.

Sudden runs a free membership scheme for anyone caring for someone who has been suddenly bereaved, such as police family liaison officers, health professionals, or teachers. Sudden is a project developed by Brake, the road safety charity. Road crashes are one of the biggest causes of sudden death. Brake has extensive experience of providing support to families bereaved suddenly through its support services for families bereaved by road crashes. 

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