Training & Education

Training for counsellors and therapists

Equipping counsellors with the insight and skills needed to work safely with bereaved parents in a therapeutic setting.

Working with those who have experienced pregnancy loss or baby death can be personally and professionally challenging. Grief following baby loss is unique and often complicated by complex social factors, cultural expectations, and trauma. Bereaved parents tell us how valuable counselling is. Knowing that there is a safe place to bring their powerful emotions or unfamiliar behaviour can bring comfort and help healing.

The Programme


The Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) endorses this programme and at the end of the course participants receive a certificate recognising 16 hours of CPD.

The programme, which is endorsed by The Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), offers hybrid (online and in-person) and online-only training events. At the end, participants will receive a certificate recognising 16 hours of CPD, and a Sands logo to display on their websites and directory profiles. The sessions are facilitated by specialist Sands trainers and at the end of the course participants will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the parents’ experience of pregnancy, birth and the death of a baby – covering all aspects of their journey
  • the unique nature of grief and loss experienced by parents when a baby dies
  • useful grief models and integrative therapeutical approaches to work effectively with baby loss
  • working holistically with a client’s identity, culture and diversity
  • how parents experience therapy after loss – personal challenges and barriers to access
  • parenthood following the death of a baby
  • understanding the needs of people who are long-ago bereaved
  • the impact of working with pregnancy loss and baby death, and how to recognise your own needs

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please do contact us anytime.


This course is only suitable for qualified counsellors or therapists working with bereaved parents on an ongoing basis, or student counsellors who have started their placements. If you are a healthcare professional who works with bereaved parents in other ways, please have a look at our open-access training event.


“This course is excellent, both for the knowledge, the reflection, and the chance to meet others with the same interest. The way the course is structured allowed the information to flow and grow, and the group to meet, and get to know each other before going deeper. It is a really great course."