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GC 670


New Concepts in the Science of Bereavement

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Old paradigms regarding attachment as pathological or stage theories as universal are quickly being swept under the rug as contemporary grief theorists are realizing the human condition of grief is more diverse than previously thought.  George Bonanno in his book, “The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss”  points out the many new theories regarding grief and grief support.  This course uses his text as a blue print to examine grief and older theories regarding it from a new 21st Century perspective that is sure to give any grief counselor new ideas and outlooks on grief support. Course Code: GC 670.  Continuing Education hours =  30.

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

Email: Mdmoran7@yahoo.com

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Pre-requisite: Pre-requisite to enrolling in the continuing education program: this course is particularly designed for those seeking continuing education for recertification in the American Academy of Grief Counseling.

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 required textbook for this course:

The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss. By George Bonanno. Basic Books, NY, 2009
ISBN:  978-0-465-01360-9

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.

Link to Purchase on Amazon.com: 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 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 30 Contact Hours. Access information

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

Understand the new dynamics of grief and apply them in grief counseling
Understand the role of sadness as an emotion in human survival
Identify the key elements of resiliency in grief
Compare and contrast old paradigms of grief with new paradigms regarding grief support
Understand the nature of oscillation in grief
Spot the symptoms of Prolonged Grief and how to deal with it in patients
Understand new perspectives on attachment and bonds in grieving
Apply new standards of grief counseling to patients

A brief abstract of course content:

The Worst Thing That Could Ever Happen
A Bit of History
Sadness and Laughter
Whatever Gets You Through the Night
When Grief Takes Over
Terror and Curiosity
Between Was and Is and Will Be
Imagining the Afterlife
Chinese Bereavement Ritual
Thriving in the Face of Adversity

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