The grieving process is unique to the individual experiencing it. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, or any other event, this course will help you support those who have suffered a loss to overcome and cope with their grief.
The Certificate of Loss and Grief Counselling is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to provide support for individuals who are experiencing loss, grief and bereavement.
In this online grief-counselling course you will learn how to identify the symptoms of grief and depression and learn how to provide counselling with cultural and spiritual sensitivity. You will learn a range of counselling skills including empathic listening, non-verbal communication and how to support those suffering from grief and loss.
On completion of this online grief-counselling course you will feel empowered to provide support counselling to those experiencing loss, grief and bereavement.
Unit 1 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
Structured counselling approach
Analyse existing client information
Initial session guidelines
Engaging with clients
Establishing the helping relationship
Counselling service information
Client rights and responsibilities
The counselling process
Expectations and commitment
Anxiety or concerns
Confidentiality and privacy
Options and approaches
Unit 2 - Provide loss and grief support
Signs of loss and grief
Primary, secondary and cumulative losses
Features and symptoms of grief
Distinguishing grief and depression
Loss of spouse or partner
Loss of a child
Loss of a parent / sibling
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Signs and reactions to trauma
Stages of grief
Social and cultural differences
Ethnic and spiritual differences
Health and safety risks
Suicide risk assessment
Recognising the warning signs
Complications of grief
Respecting cultural differences
Facilitate coping mechanisms
Prolonged grief disorder
Stress Vulnerability Model
Support services and resources
Supporting child grief and bereavement
Healthy ways to face loss
Criteria for referral
Self-care for professionals
Review client outcomes
Unit 3 - Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
The clients story
Open and closed questions
Legal and ethical requirements
Duty of care
Engaging with clients
Experience and process difficulties
Perceptions of client feelings
Identifying underlying issues
Dealing with life changes
Monitor counselling process
Hopes and expectations versus reality
Planning for change
12 signs of good counselling
Emotionally dependent clients
The ending process
Plan, structure and contract endings
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 45 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $150.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.