The Learning Through Loss Program

The Learning Through Loss program is a Professional Learning (PL) training developed for educators to support them to develop youth resilience in the face of grief, loss, and adversity. Educators who hold strong relationships with young people have a powerful opportunity to support young people to navigate grief and loss and connect them to resources that could prevent the development of mental illness. Learning Through Loss is a free program and is available to all Tasmanian schools throughout 2023 and in Term 1 of 2024.

Program Purpose

To have resilience through grief, loss, and adversity young people need:

  • To understand they are not alone and that grief, loss and adversity are part of the human experience.
  • To have access to trusted adults who are able to actively listen and hold space for their feelings and experiences.
  • To hold the knowledge and resilience tools that will allow them to navigate grief, loss and adversity throughout their lives.

To meet the needs of young people experiencing grief, loss, and adversity educators and school staff need:

  • To feel confident to have conversations regarding grief, loss and palliative care.
  • The skills to actively listen and hold space for the feelings and experiences of young people.
  • Access to resilience tools that they can offer young people to empower them to navigate grief, loss and adversity.
  • To be able to practice self-care and fill their own cup so that they can sustainably care for students.

Program Structure

The Learning Through Loss professional learning training is available in three different formats to ensure every school has access to the program.

  • 1 hr session (onsite)
  • 2 x 1 hr sessions (onsite)
  • 7hr Full day training (offsite)

How to get involved

Learning Through Loss is a pilot funded by the Department of Health and is completely free for Tasmanian Schools. We are currently taking bookings for Term 1, 2, 3 & 4 in 2023 and Term 1 in 2024.

Contact Program Coordinator, Jess Sanders via email at or by calling 0412431401 to book in your session today!