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PT 480


Pastoral Response to Multiple Social/Cultural Variables in Grief and Thanatology

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With the world becoming smaller, pastoral and medical caregivers must have the additional training and resources to handle the demands of a multicultural pool of patients.  Caregivers need to be sensitive to the spiritual, cultural and religious needs of an individual and also be well trained in dealing with end of life ethical decision making with the patient and family.  This course helps to introduce these new concepts to the caregiver and give them an in depth guide to potential issues that can arise in their care giving.  This course not only deals with dying concerns but also adds a variety of grief situations as well.  This bonus makes this course a very complete guide for caregivers who wish to help grieving people. Upon completion of this course, students are awarded 40 contact hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: PT480

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a Pastoral Care Thanatologist with the American Academy of Grief Counseling.

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, to complete this course, as well as all of the courses in the pastoral thanatology program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course 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 course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.


There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Helping Grieving People-When Tears Are Not Enough: A Handbook for Care Providers, 2nd edition by J. Shep Jeffreys. Published by Taylor and Francis Group, LLC, 2011.  ISBN: 978-0-415-87701-5


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 "Pastoral Thanatology." Access AIHCP Store: click here

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 40 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

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.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able:

To treat patients according to their particular cultural, religious and spiritual needs

To diversify caregiving to individual patient’s needs

To better help grieving families and direct them during the dying process of a loved one

To reinforce ideas on grief and how grief affects individuals

To utilize pastoral care giving strategies that treat the whole person and not just the physical body

To understand the nature of being an Exquisite Witness to the dying

To identify signs of complicated grief

To help the dying die with peace

To realize the significance and importance of an advanced medical directive

To be know the importance of being a champion for the autonomy of the patient



A brief abstract of content:

Exquisite Witness Grief Care Provider
The Social-Cultural Influence on Grief Experience
The Human Grief Response: Origin and Function
Loss and Death in the Family
The Grief of Children and Adolescents
The Grief of Parents:  An Upside-Down World
Older Adult Grief
Chronic Illness/Disability, Terminality, and Dying
Helping Grieving People: A Continuum of Care for healing
Complications of the Human Grief Process
Case Studies


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