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GC 610 -Christian Principles for Survivors of Traumatic Grief

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Course Information

War, plague, disaster and sudden and personal loss all define the temporal human condition.  The previous courses have attempted to explain them under a Christian light and better alleviate pain and loss via the sacrifice and example of Jesus Christ.  The next course in this program bases itself off of the story of Julian of Norwich, a Christian Mystic, who lived during the Black Plague.  During her intense visions of Christ’s death, she found a perspective not only on suffering in general, but also suffering during times of great death and loss.  The text, “Transfiguring Loss”, extensively covers the psychological aspect of survivors who have dealt with horrendous ordeals and apply them to the spirituality of Julian of Norwich.  This course goes beyond the “normal” grief one experiences from day to day, and analyzes catastrophic loss from a Christian prism. Course Code: GC 610. Contact hours of continuing education = 40.

Prerequisite- You must have successfully completed SC 510 and GC 600 before taking this course.

Instructor/Course Author: Mark Moran, M.A., SC-C, GC-C

Email: Mdmoran7@yahoo.com

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TIME FRAME:You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the required courses in the Christian Grief Counseling 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.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one required textbook for this course:

Transfiguring Loss: Julian of Norwich as a Guide for Survivors of Traumatic Grief by Jane F. Maynard.  The Pilgrim Press, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0-8298-1601-3   ISBN -10: 0-8298-1601-1

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Course Assignment: there is one written assignment for this course. You must successfully complete the written assignment in order to receive the contact hours for this course. This is in addition to the comprehensive final examination.

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 (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 40 Contact Hours. Access information

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Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* 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.



Blog of the American Academy of Grief Counseling: access here

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

  1. To apply Christian philosophy on suffering to traumatic loss victims
  2. To understand the nature of traumatic loss
  3. Identify the key psychological, spiritual and mental aspects a victim of traumatic loss faces
  4. To learn how to restore wholeness to a victim of traumatic loss
  5. To correlate modern day psychology of traumatic loss with Julian’s spirituality
  6. To accurately identify the elements surrounding Julian as a survivor
  7. To trace the process of how Julian overcame her traumatic losses through the visions of Christ’s suffering
  8. To apply Julian’s concept of wholeness to traumatic loss victims
  9. To explore traumatic loss in the recent disasters of 911, the Tsunami of 2004 and Hurricane Katrina
  10. To utilize a pastoral theology in caring for patients in traumatic loss


A brief abstract of content:

  1. Experiencing Traumatic Loss
  2. The Fourteenth Century and its Perils
  3. Julian as a Survivor: “You are My Heaven”
  4. Julian’s Theology of Wholeness
  5. Julian’s Spirituality of Trust and Longing
  6. Exploring Traumatic Loss through Terrorism, Tremors, Wind and Waves
  7. A Pastoral Theology and Praxis for Survivors of Traumatic Loss

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