Certificate in Grief and Loss Counselling

This practical course is an ideal introduction to an experience that touches everyone’s life – the painful experience of grief and loss. It is designed to suit the needs of the new counselling student, and also people who are working in this field as therapists, counsellors, teachers, carers, health care professionals and ministers.

It introduces the student to the theories and models related to bereavement and the mourning process. It also teaches essential counselling skills that are crucial when working with this client group. It will help you better understand the process of loss, and prepare you to support the client on their journey as they seek to come to terms with, and integrate, their loss.

Specifically, this course will explore the following: an introduction to grief and loss counselling; grief and mourning models and rituals; mourning in children and adolescents; accompanying the dying, anticipatory grief and complicated mourning; traumatic death, death by suicide and the loss associated with dementia; the loss of an intimate relationship; the loss of employment and the loss of health.

There is no prior knowledge or experience required to embark on this relevant certificate course. You are free to commence at a time that suits your schedule – and continue at your pace for a period of six months. Full tutor support is provided for the course.

Students will also receive a copy of the e-book Exploring loss: A workbook.

Note: The Online Counselling College teaches and uses Egan’s The Skilled Helper Model.

Click here for Grief and Loss Counselling Syllabus

Suggested textbook for the course (to be purchased by the student)

Worden, J.W. (2009). Grief counselling and grief therapy: A handbook for the mental health practitioner (4th Ed.). London: Taylor & Francis.