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GC 681


Grief After Suicide


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This course is based on a text that presents the research and study of suicide (suicidology) as well as clinical practice of providing therapy and counseling to suicide bereaved/survivors. Numerous chapters contain discussions by noted professionals in the industry pertaining to the impact of suicide loss upon individuals of varying ages and family systems, as well as practitioners.  The selected text provides an informed overview of the topic of suicide bereavement and the state of the field of study. Course Code:  GC-681.  Contact hours of education =50

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.

Instructor/Course Author:

Paul J. Moon, Ph.D., M.Ed., B.A., FAAGC, GC-C
Certified Grief Counselor/Fellow AAGC

Resume: access here


TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this continuing education course. 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.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course:

Jordan, J. R., & McIntosh, J. L. (Eds.) (2011). Grief after suicide: Understanding the consequences and caring for the survivors. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN: 978-0-415-99355-5

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.

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 50 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.

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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.

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

1.       Examine suicide bereavement (among other bereavement types)
2.       Discuss loss dynamics of suicide on adult grievers
3.       Discuss loss dynamics of suicide on children and teens
4.       Discuss loss dynamics of suicide on professional caregivers
5.       Identify asserted needs of suicide survivors
6.       Review literature on postvention care related to suicide loss
7.       Review extant programs of support for survivors in the U.S.
8.       Review extant international programs of support for survivors

Abstract of Course Content

1.       Suicide bereavement: Why study survivors of suicide loss?
2.       Is suicide bereavement different? A framework for rethinking the question
3.       The impact of suicide on adults
4.       The impact of suicide on children and adolescents
5.       The impact of suicide on professional caregivers
6.       Research on the needs of survivors
7.       Guidelines for postvention care with survivor families after the suicide of a client
8.       Organizational postvention after suicide death
9.       Principles of grief counseling with adult survivors
10.     Grief counseling with child and adolescent survivors of parental suicidal deaths
11.     The meanings of suicide: A narrative approach to healing
12.     Group work with suicide survivors
13.     A family-oriented and culturally sensitive postvention approach with suicide          survivors
14.    Promising programs of support for survivors: U.S. programs
15.    Promising programs of support for survivors: International programs
16.    A research agenda for suicide survivors
17.    Building clinical and programmatic support for suicide survivors

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