Diploma in Grief and Loss Counselling

Grief and loss is something that we all experience. It is painful and life-altering, and hard to face alone. We can feel as if we’re reeling and have lost our grip on life – as reality is different, and everything has changed. But if another walks beside us and lends us their support it can help to ease the burden, and make us strong again.

In this course you will explore and will address bereavement issues, and will learn how to apply essential counselling skills.

Specifically, this course will explore the following: An introduction to counselling skills; exploring effective listening skills; acquiring and using basic microskills; introducing Egan’s The Skilled Helper Model; applying Egan’s The Skilled Helper Model; ethics in counselling; 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.

Note: The Online Counselling College uses a Rogerian person-centred approach, and Egan’s The Skilled Helper Model.

There is no prior knowledge or experience required, and you are free to commence at a time that suits your schedule. You are allowed twelve months to complete the eight assignments. Individual support will be provided by your tutor.

Who would benefit from studying this course? The Diploma in Grief and Loss Counselling is especially suited to funeral home employees, social workers, teachers, palliative care nurses, crisis workers, therapists and counsellors.

Click here for Diploma in Grief & Loss Counselling Syllabus

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

Part 1: Egan, G. (2013). The skilled helper: A problem management and opportunity development approach to helping (10th Ed.). Brooks Cole/ Thomson: London.

Part 2: Worden, J.W. (2009). Grief counselling and grief therapy: A handbook for the mental health practitioner. (4th Ed.). London: Taylor & Francis.

Upon a satisfactory completion of a course a diploma will be mailed out to you.