Training Days

From time to time, Sands Auckland hosts workshops for health and caring professionals.

To register your interest in future workshops, please contact us.

Volunteers from Sands Auckland Central are also available to give talks for health professionals about Sands and our personal experiences.

Upcoming Workshops:

No workshops are currently scheduled, however the following training opportunity is available for students:

Since 2021, Sands NZ and Vicki Culling Associates have provided training to midwifery, nursing and social work students. These sessions are valuable learning opportunities and are offered for free to students. The series is made up of online content and discussion webinars with bereaved parents. These online sessions are currently held 3 times a year.
Topics in our most recent series included:
  • Early Loss
  • Perinatal Hospice
  • Ending a Wanted Pregnancy
  • Self-Care for Professionals Working with Baby Loss
Information and registrations will be available via Vicki Culling Associates website ( and the Sands NZ Facebook page ( – spaces are limited.

Past Workshops:

Click on images for more information about the workshops.

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As part of the inaugural VCA Speaker Series, Dr. Deborah Davis, developmental psychologist and author of Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, spoke to bereaved parents and families at evening events around the country. The Auckland event was held on 30th September 2017, where Dr. Deborah Davis lead a discussion around surviving the death of your baby; and answered some vital questions which commonly tug at bereaved parents.


On 1st September 2016, Sands Auckland hosted a Q&A Evening for Bereaved Parents exploring the topic of Subsequent Pregnancy and Parenting After Loss.Sands-Workshop-invite-may2016-Final-for-web

On 2nd  September 2016, we hosted a Health Professionals One Day Workshop regarding Stillbirth Research, Awareness and Prevention.

Both September workshops were run by Dr. Jane Warland.


On 30th May 2014, Sands Auckland hosted a one-day workshop for health and caring professionals, on Perinatal and Infant Loss with Vicki Culling.training_workshop

On 27th-28th November 2014, we hosted workshops on Perinatal and Infant Loss, and Holding On and Letting Go – once again with Vicki Culling.

These events were all sold out and we had excellent feedback.