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GC 400

Death, Dying and Mourning

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This comprehensive CE course provides a very comprehensive overview of studies, research, and dynamics related to death and dying. Students study many facets of death and dying, as well as major theories, process models, cultural issues, religious issues and other related content. Progression in the course then focuses on processes of mourning and grieving, including effective strategies for assisting the bereaved. Death, dying and mourning is presented also according to various age groups. This course provides for scientific inquiry into death and dying and care of the bereaved. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 30 contact hours of continuing education credits.

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. Hours of CE = 30. Course Code GC 400.

Course Tuition: $ 150.00

Levels of course complexity: Intermediate and Advanced

Target Audience: Nurses, Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologist, Social Work Professionals, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Specialists, School Counselors, Grief Professionals, Trauma Specialists, Crisis Interventionists, Stress Management Consultants, Thanatologists, Pastoral Counselors, Mental Health Care Coaches, Funeral Directors, Ordained Clergy, Rehabilitation Specialists, Substance Abuse Counselors, Spiritual Counselors, other Licensed Health Care Professionals.

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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.

Death, Society and Human Experience (11th edition) by Robert J. Kastenbaum. Pearsons Education; Copyright 2012.

  • ISBN-13: 978-0205001088

  • ISBN-10: 0205001084

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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.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 75% 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 75% 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: 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

This course has approvals for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Nurses, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Continuing Education credit for this Course is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

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Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 30.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LCPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LCPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 30.0 continuing education hours of credit.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 30.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 30.0 CE hours of credit.

Nurses:  As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 30.0 CE hours of credit.

Note: the cost for obtaining the CE Certificate with these approvals is $ 25.00.

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.




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

1). Understand the concept of invisible death and the attitudes and behaviors around it.

2). Gain an historical perspective of current death practices.

3). Discuss demographic, psychological, sociological and economic factors which contribute to how death is dealt with and processed.

4). Discuss statistics and trend patterns in death occurrence.

5). Understand the application of the dying trajectories concept.

6). Discuss how age, stress and culture influence death.

7). Discuss theories of death and dying, stages and cycles.

8). Explore near death experiences and interpretations of them.

9). Understand the final step in the living/dying process.

10). Discuss grief, loss and mourning and reactions that people experience.

11.) Identify and discuss emotions experienced in coping with loss.

12.) Use developmental frameworks to assess children's and adolescent's ability to perceive death

13.) Understand the needs of terminally ill children.

14.) Assist children who are terminally ill or grieving the death of others.

15). Discuss issues of death and dying related to natural disasters, murder, accidents.

16). Discuss suicide and attempted suicide among the youth.

17). Understand the meaning of death of the adult's parent.

18). Understand the experience of loss of a child to parent and family.

19). View impending death of the aged from developmental frameworks.

20). Define the impact of death of spouse, children or pets to elderly persons.

21). Define social effects of aging.

22). Discuss practical procedures and tasks concerning death.

23). Discuss ethical and medical-legal concepts regarding the right to die.

24). Discuss historical views of how people people bury the dead.

25). Understand religious and secular practices regarding burial of the dead.


A brief abstract of content:

Attitudes and beliefs about death
Anxiety, denial and acceptance
Theories of death anxiety
Theoretical perspectives on death anxiety
Acceptance and denial of death
Nature and meaning of death
Biomedical Approaches to death
Interpretations of the death state
Characteristics of the death system
Functions of the death system
Natural disaster and death
Terror Management Theories
Death attitudes and practices through the centuries
The changing death system
Causes of death
Trajectories of dying
Death and communications
Theoretical models of the dying process
Hospice and palliative care
Relief of pain and suffering
Hospice decision making and challenges
End of life issues and decisions
Right to die decisions
Organ donation
Cultural meanings of suicide
Sociological theories of suicide
Neuropsychological perspectives of suicide
Suicide prevention
Violent deaths
Accidents and disasters
Assisted death
The good death
Pain relief for terminally ill
Organ transplants
Death in the world of childhood
How children grieve
The dying child
Bereavement, grief and mourning
Types of grief
Theories of grief
Recovery from grief
Bereavement in later life
Death risk for the bereaved
Grief support and care
The funeral process
Improving the funeral process
Life after death theories and research
Near death experiences
Beliefs in the after life
Compassionate fatigue
Professional burn out
Death education
Grief counseling
Shifting meanings of life and death

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