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GC 565

Grieving Children:A Clinical and Pastoral Guide in Helping them Heal

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This course removes the ideals of curing grief for children but helping them adapt and grow from grief.  This clinical and pastoral guide looks at grief from a child’s perspective and helps counselors learn from the children what grief is to them.  The course lists many of the dos and do not's “grown ups” should adhere to in regards to caring for a child in grief and also helps one understand the nature of grief in the mind of the child.  Ultimately the course hopes to help counselors become “companions” of grief to the child and guide counselors in aiding children experience happiness and adjustment in the post loss life. Course Code: GC 565. 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: Mark Moran, M.A.

Email: Mdmoran7@yahoo.com

Resume: access here

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 this course:

When a Child You Love Is Grieving by Harold Smith.  Published by Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-8341-2838-5

Companioning the Grieving Child: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers by Alan Wolfelt, Ph.d.  Published by Companion Press, 2012  ISBN: 978-1-617221-58-3

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 informatio

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* 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.

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able:

To learn how to be a comforter to a child that is grieving

To realize grief is not an event but a process

To differentiate children and adult styles of grieving

To understand the nature of children and how they grieve

To help a child grieve naturally and in a healthy fashion

To be better able to apply these concepts at a clinical and pastoral level

To embrace the notion if a child can love, then a child can grieve

To know when to guide, monitor and protect and when to simply listen and comfort a child in distress

To accept the reality that not all children grieve the same


Course Content

Auditing One’s Own Grief Experiences
Recognizing the Individuality of a Grieving Child
ABCs for Helping Grieving Children
Common Misconceptions About Grief
Mourning Styles
How the Grieving Child Heals
Techniques for Counseling Grieving Children
A Family Systems Approach
Helping Grieving Children at School
Companioning the Grieving Adolescent


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