Few would challenge the view that the contribution made by Cruse to the welfare of the bereaved is a very important one. Much effort is put into the training of Cruse counsellors but little is known about the impact of this training. An assessment of 30 prospective counsellors by means of questionnaires and ‘clinical’ vignettes to assess their knowledge of and attitudes to various matters pertaining to grief and bereavement is reported. While the results are encouraging In many respects, they also highlight areas of ignorance and bias which seem resistant to the influence of training.
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