Training for the professional

Training for the professional

SAMM provides training for people who come into contact with those bereaved through homicide. We currently offer this training to Police Officers, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Barristers, Probation Officers, Schools and many other organisations.

Included in this training is:

Stages of grief and normal and abnormal reactions to grief

Why people can appear to do and say bizarre things. Individual reactions to grief and how to deal with this. Looking at how men and women grieve differently. Financial implications of homicide. Complications of grief. Access to the body and the effects on families if there is delay in having the funeral.

The effects of bereavement by homicide

Why people can appear to do and say bizarre things. Individual reactions to grief and how to deal with this. Looking at how men and women grieve differently. Financial implications of homicide. Complications of grief. Access to the loved one.

How families deal with multiple post mortems (sometimes as many as 5 or more), access to their loved ones body, the trial, appeals, parole hearings and acquittals. How families perceive the justice system and agencies.

Trauma and its effects on those bereaved through homicide.

How the mind deals with traumatic memories and the implications of trauma for agencies dealing with the bereaved family. Research findings on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in bereaved families, and increased anxiety.

Stress and how it affects the bereaved

The definition of stress and how stress affects people who have been traumatically bereaved. How stress affects us mentally, physically and emotionally. Why agencies dealing with the bereaved need to be aware of the effects of stress on concentration. We explain about the importance of repeating information and also leaving written information for the family.

Police and other agencies

What bereaved families need from professionals

The importance of the Police Family Liaison Officer (FLO) in the process of the investigation and support of the family.

Emotions

How dealing with multiple emotions can be exhausting for the bereaved and complicate the process for agencies.

Communication

Why communication with the bereaved is fraught with difficulties. If agencies are not aware of this then things can go badly wrong. Any misunderstandings can escalate into major problems/complaints.

Challenging judgemental attitudes

We facilitate looking at our own attitudes and judgements towards others. We all make judgments about people we see and come into contact with and many of us have preconceived ideas about why people get murdered.

Future Training

Supporting People After a Traumatic Bereavement

A training day for people working within and connected to bereavement and emergency support services.

This course has been approved by the CPD Certification Service (Continuing Professional Development) and is worth 5 CPD points.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-people-after-a-traumatic-bereavement-tickets-26101021859

Comments

These are some comments from evaluation forms we have received after we have facilitated police training courses.

How did you find the content of the SAMM input on your course?

"One of the most intensive, informative inputs I have had in my 20 year police career."

"Very informative and well structured."

"Excellent - probably the most useful so far."

"Very informative, helpful and honest."

Was there anything we should have done differently?

"No. I feel your own life experiences being expressed will never be forgotten and will always help us do our role much better."

Do you think our input will help you in your role as an FLO?

"Yes, definitely and more so as an officer."

"Definitely -personal experiences described really helped."

"Absolutely privileged to hear personal experiences."

"Yes, greater understanding in the depths to which victims feel and the avenues they travel."

We are happy to discuss your individual training needs. We are happy to discuss your individual training needs. Please contact the SAMM office on 0121 451 1618.