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This comprehensive CEU course explores the world of the adolescent as it interfaces with death and bereavement.   Through the readings selected, you will be given a practical base of information to deal with how an adolescent grieves; how different kinds of deaths impact their lives; the uniqueness of their grief; and effective strategies to help them in their grief journey.  You will examine how normal adolescent grief differs from trauma, and how to address both.  The differences between adolescent reactions to sudden and anticipated deaths will be explored, as well as issues related to adolescent grief concerns, adolescent reactions to traumatic deaths, and school related issues. 

The course presupposes and builds on your knowledge gained in the previous courses in this specialty program.  You will find, for example, that the activities manuals provided in the course on developmentally based strategies for children in grief provide excellent strategies that are relevant to the grieving adolescent.  Additionally, the books selected presume the student has a solid theoretical understanding of grief. Course Code: GC 560. Contact hours of Education = 30.

This course is particularly designed for those who are already or were recently certified by the American Academy of Grief Counseling, and are now seeking Certification as a Certified Grief Counselor in Child/Adolescent Grief.

Instructor/Course Author:

Rosemary A. Castelli, Ed.D., MA, BA, SMC-C,GC-C 
Certified Funeral Celebrant
Certified Grief Counselor  

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment in this course to complete all five (5) of the required courses in this program for Child/Adolescent Grief Counseling. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time.

Textbooks: There are two (2) required books for the course.  They are available at Amazon.Com at discounted prices. 

Understanding and Addressing Adolescent Grief Issues.  David A. Opalewski.  Chattanooga:   National Center for Youth Issues, 2007.  ISBN: 978-1-931636-46-9

Helping Teens Cope with Death.  Dougy Center for Grieving Children.  Portland:  Dougy Center for Grieving Children, 2004.   ISBN: 1-890534-02-1

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

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 30 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the American Academy of Grief Counseling and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

BOARD APPROVALS: 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

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* 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 successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1.   Describe the practical errors adults make when dealing with adolescent grief.

2.   Explain the unique nature and characteristics of adolescent grief.

3.   Identify and describe normal adolescent grief reactions.

4.   Distinguish normal adolescent grief reactions from abnormal ones. 

5.   Distinguish the difference between grief and trauma.

6.   Distinguish the difference between sudden and anticipated grief reactions.

7.   Explore the spiritual aspects of adolescent grief.

8.   Discuss adolescent reactions to suicidal deaths.

9.   Relate the most common adolescent concerns regarding their grieving.

10.  Determine effective strategies for adults when dealing with adolescents in grief. 

11.   Relate how adolescents need to be treated as they progress in grief.

12.   Identify and describe adolescent problems and care giver strategies revolving around returning to school after the death of a loved one. 

13.   Define the value and role of a support group in healing adolescent grief.

14.   Describe how death complicates the developmental process in adolescence.

15.   Relate the aspects of adolescent development.

16.   Evaluate the issue of “change” in adolescent life.

17.   Describe the six basic principles of teen grief. 

18.   Identify the most common feelings experienced by adolescents in grief.

19.   Provide helpful hints for dealing with common adolescent grief feelings.
20.   Discuss the most common adolescent reactions to loss.

21.   Identify regressive behaviors common to adolescents in grief.

22.   Identify suicidal signs in grieving adolescents. 

23.    Describe the basic needs of teens in grief.

24.    Relate how funerals and memorials help adolescents in grief. 

25.    Determine how the death of difference loved ones in an adolescent’s life differ.

26.    Describe how murder and violent deaths effect adolescents.

27.    Evaluate when adolescent grief needs professional help.

28.    Provide valuable tips for parents when dealing with grieving teens.

29.    Become aware of the grieving teens “Bill of Rights.”

Course Content:

A brief abstract of content:

1.  Common Experiences in Dealing with Adolescent Grief.

2.  The Uniqueness of Adolescent Grief.

3.  Normal and Abnormal Grief.

4.  Grief from Trauma.

5.  Characteristics of Sudden and Anticipated Death Reactions.

6.  Adolescent Suicide

7.  Common Adolescent Grief Concerns

8.   Basic Helping Tips for the Caring Adult.

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