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.

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:

  • Nelson – September 22, 2017
  • Nanaimo – October 20, 2017
  • Mission – November 24, 2017 – FULL. Now taking names for a waitlist.

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.”

“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!”

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

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