Coping with loss and trauma

Module Overview

Originated by Dr. Panos Vostanis

Like the changing seasons, loss comes to everyone including young people. Whether through loss of friendship, illness, death or the symbolic losses of identity, innocence, or security. Each primary loss carries secondary losses, such as the loss of relationships, roles, responsibilities, and can leave young people and families struggling under the weight of multiple afflictions.

Trauma refers to any deeply disturbing experience, and automatically includes loss in some form. It doesn’t have to involve immediate threat or physical harm to be traumatic, and it doesn’t even have to happen directly to you or your family. Given that this area needs to be treated with utmost care for individuals, in this module we take a light touch approach to this highly emotive and challenging topic. We seek to encourage young people to recognise that loss is part of life and that they can develop helpful coping strategies.

We will explore

  • What can cause loss and trauma
  • Considering the effect of life events on individuals
  • Acceptance
  • Recognising feelings of loss and trauma
  • Looking at coping strategies


We are continously working to improve and update our material to ensure it is meeting the needs of students and teachers alike.

Please contact us for more information or to discuss your school requirements (+44) 1562 730696

All modules are delivered to you via email through a downloadable link.

Our programmes include a range of learning materials to support both teachers and students in the classroom. Content wise, each module is different but some components are common to all to provide assessment tools for teachers and familiar references for students.

This module includes

  • Lesson plan
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Observation of thoughts worksheet
  • Reflection worksheet
  • Teacher assessment

We believe that some topics are approached more powerfully by bringing in animation. That is why some of the topics have videos to illustrate the learning points

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