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Course Information

This online CEU course provides students with a continuation of course content, based on learning from the above course "Death, Dying & Mourning." Students continue to study other theories and model processes of grieving, as well as more scientific inquiry into these processes. Case studies are provided which allow students the opportunity to better equate theory into practice. The student continues in this course to study and learn many interventions and modalities for use in grief counseling and bereavement education. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 20 contact hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: GC 410

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a Grief Counselor with the American Academy of Grief Counseling. You must have met at least one of the defined requisites to enter this program, in order to enroll into this course.

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA, RN,BC, GC-C
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TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course. Grief and Loss: Theories and Skills for Helping Professionals. 2nd edition. By: katherine Walsh-Burke. Boston; Pearson Education Inc:2011.

  • ISBN-10: 0205827098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205827091

You are required to order your own copy of the textbook. Please be sure to order your book as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study.

Please note that this book is priced high on Amazon but that used copies are available for purchase at lower prices. Amazon also has the book available for rent.

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on Grief Counseling. Access AIHCP Store: click here

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the four (4) courses in the Grief Counseling continuing education program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.



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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1). Understand and discuss basic facts about grief and loss, as well as their foundational theoretic basis.
2). Define and discuss "symbolic losses."
3). Discuss various issues related to loss and grief in many different contexts.
4). Identify and discuss your own experiences related to grief and loss.
5). Learn to assess a client's readiness to work through grief.
6). Identify and discuss key issues related to self-preparation and training for professionals encountering loss and grief.
7). Identify competencies for those professionals caring for grieving clients.
8). Discuss major issues related to supervision, consultations and professional collaborations.
9). Identify and discuss major issues and theories related to loss and grief across the lifespan.
10). Identify and discuss theories and strategies related to normal and complicated grief reactions.
11). Identify and discuss preventative and therapeutic interventions in grief counseling.
12). Discuss issues related to psychiatric referrals and the use of psychotropic medications.
13). Understand and discuss cultural and spiritual influences in coping with loss and grief.
14). Identify common misconceptions about grieving.
15). Define and discuss the use of empathetic communication in working with grieving clients.
16). Identify ways and means to access information and resources useful in grief counseling.
17). Discuss common theories of grieving related to organizations and communities.
18). Define how to establish a grieving protocol for interventions.
19). Identify and discuss self-care strategies and professional support systems for health professionals caring for grieving clients.
20). Identify and discuss common losses that occur across the life span.
21). Define and discuss the most helpful strategies for helping others cope with grief.


A brief abstract of content:

1). Normal and complicated grief reactions.

2). Actual and symbolic losses.

3). Factors that positively and negatively influence grief.

4). Resources and interventions that are effective in helping those who grieve.

5). Loss and grief in different contexts.

6). Self experiences and attitudes related to grief.

7). Assessing readiness to work through grief.

8). Supervision, consultation and collaboration with other professionals.

9). Loss and grief across the life span.

10). Theories for understanding grief.

11). Interventions for normal and complicated grief.

12). Grief counseling and grief therapies.

13). Influence of cultural and spirituality in coping with loss and grief.

14). Misconceptions about grief.

15). Empathic communications.

16). Utilizing information and resources in grief counseling.

17). Leadership roles in grief counseling.

18). Establishing bereavement protocols.

19). Creating remembrances and memorials.

20). Self-Care strategies and professional continuing education, and professional support systems.

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