The BCVOH offers training sessions across British Columbia periodically for support group facilitators, victim service workers, and other professionals who support those who have been bereaved by homicide or traumatic loss. If your organization or community is interested in hosting a training session, please contact us.

Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training

On September 8th and 9th, 2017, BCBH will be hosting a two-day training session for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an eight week traumatic death (including homicide and suicide) grief support group. This training will build upon the individual’s pre-existing skill-set and introduce topics specific to traumatic loss.

For more information, see the poster.

To register, please complete the registration form and email it to

The cost for training is $250 ($200 earlybird price until July 19th). Full ​payment is required in advance via cheque (payable to BC Bereavement Helpline)​, ​E-transfer (, or by Credit Card through PayPal ​either on​ the phone (604-738-9950) or through our website below:

Crisis Response Following Sudden Death Training (BC)

The BC Bereavement Helpline will be hosting free training sessions for victim service workers supporting individuals and families who have been bereaved by a sudden death.


  • Increase knowledge of sudden death, bereavement and its unique characteristics
  • Increase understanding of shock and trauma
  • Increase knowledge and skills to prepare for initial crisis response following sudden death
  • Increase skills in supporting the family after receiving notification
  • Increase knowledge and strategies on utilizing a team approach and self-care

Groups are facilitated by John Dube, a registered social worker and registered clinical counselor. Over the past 25 years John has conducted numerous workshops and training sessions to professionals on bereavement, professional self-care, and communication.

Upcoming locations and dates:

  • Prince George – April 28, 2017 (spaces still available)
  • Terrace – May 26, 2017
  • Fort St. John – June 30, 2017
  • Nelson – September 22, 2017
  • Nanaimo – October 20, 2017
  • Mission – November 24, 2017

Please note that registration is subject to availability and priority will be given to BC-contracted victim service providers. Training is provided free of charge. For more information, please see our poster.

To register, please complete the registration form and email it to Karen Ratchford at or fax 604-265-4795. Call 1-877-779-2223 for more information.

Public Education

The BCVOH also offers public education seminars in schools, prisons, corporations, governments, non-profits, or other institutions. If you are interested in hosting a seminar, please contact us.

Testimonials from Participants

“The training provided us with a lot of learning, insight, reflection and fun. Overall, I felt that the two days offered a lot of helpful information that gave a substantial context and understanding into bereavement by homicide.”

“The discussions were excellent. This has been the most interesting and engaging training I have taken in a very long time.”

“I couldn’t have asked for more dedicated facilitators who were compassionate and experienced.”

“Presenters were really good. Really enjoyed the intimate nature of the training.”

“I appreciated the holistic perspective and the importance of connecting to our own humanity and our experiences and how this impacts our practices. Thanks very much!”

“I think the training was amazing. I don’t think they should change a thing!”

“Really excellent. Thank you!”

“Thank you for allowing me to attend and be part of something so important.”

“Thank you very much. The whole process and education were very valuable. I appreciate the mix of teaching and group activity.”

“The overall agenda of the training was very informative. Well done :)“

“Facilitators displayed compassion, empathy & experience. Excellent combination of activities & ideas for interaction with future participants.”

“The presenters were both excellent.”

“Wonderful workshop.”

“The facilitators have done the presentations accurately. It would be nice to have much training in the North regularly.”