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GC 676


cognitive Grief Therapy


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Course Information

This course provides a focused consideration of cognitive grief therapy. The selected text contains theoretical background of this strand of grief therapy. Well known cognitive models are discussed in context of grief-related concerns. Among the discussions are the topics of therapeutic work with grieving couples and family systems. Several cognition-based interventions are displayed, both didactically and via case studies. And, importantly, the text concludes with a note regarding cognitive issues for the therapist working with grieving people. Malkinson averred that “cognitive constructions of a meaning to life without the lost person is a process" (p. 1), and it is this dynamic process that is treated and handled in this text from a cognitive perspective. Course Code GC 676. Contact hours of education = 40.

Pre-requisite to course enrollment: You must be currently certified as a Grief Counselor by the American Academy of Grief Counseling to enroll into this course. This course is a required course in the curriculum for the Grief Support Practitioner Certification Program. In addition, you must have successfully completed the course: GC 675: Research and Clinical Practice in Grief Counseling.

Instructor/Course Author:

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

Resume: access here

Email: pjessiemoon@gmail.com

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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TIME FRAME: You are allotted three years from the date of enrollment, to complete this continuing education course. There are no set time-frames, other than the three year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the three 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 three-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one required textbook for this course:

Malkinson, R. (2007). Cognitive grief therapy: Constructing a rational meaning to life following loss. NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-393-70439-6

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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 and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

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.

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

  1. Identify theoretical foundations of cognitive grief therapy
  2. Discuss the nuances among the theoretical foundations of cognitive grief therapy
  3. Understand the role of associated assessment and interventions
  4. Identify cognitive interventions for complicated grief  
  5. Discuss issues pertaining to grief therapy with couples
  6. Explore cognitive grief therapy with families
  7. Identify cognitive models for grief therapists  

Abstract of Course Content:

  1. Select models of bereavement
  2. The cognitive model
  3. Assessment and interventions
  4. Complications in normal bereavement cases
  5. Cognitive intervention with complicated grief
  6. Cognitive grief therapy with couples
  7. Cognitive grief therapy with families
  8. Cognitive therapist issues

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