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Diploma in Grief and Bereavement Counselling

This course covers the clinical and pastoral aspects of bereavement counselling and is of special interest to those who use counselling skills with bereaved clients. It will also be very appropriate for any carers whose clients may be trying to cope with the issues of bereavement and loss.

This is a two module Diploma course which, although it is expected to take one year to complete, students may study over two years if they choose.

The first module covers the basic skills of counselling with an emphasis on the person-centred approach. The Grief and Bereavement module will lead you to understand the major theorists of bereavement care and counselling and demonstrate how practical skills can enhance the counselling care you offer.

This course is enriched by the training resources you receive.

The guidance and help you receive from your tutor will ensure that you make the most of this challenging course.

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Learning Method

On-Line/Distance Learning


Course Details

Course Number: 1500
Course Fee: £395.00
You can pay the full price or pay a deposit of £89.00 (0% APR), followed by 6 monthly payments of £51.00
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Course Content
The Diploma course comprises one foundation module, Certificate in Counselling (Course 121) and one advanced module, Certificate in Grief and Bereavement (Course 500).

Module 1, Certificate in Counselling includes the following topics:
  • Introduction to Counselling Theory
  • The Psychodynamic Approach
  • The Behavioural Approach
  • The Person-Centred Approach
  • The Cognitive Approach
  • The Pastoral Approach
  • The Counselling Process
  • Basic Counselling Skills
  • Core Skills of "The Skilled Helper"
  • Professional Practice

Module 2, Certificate in Grief and Bereavement includes the following topics:
  • Attitudes towards death
  • The individual nature of grief
  • Stages of grief and other grief models
  • Grieving rituals
  • The role of the bereavement counsellor
  • A child and adolescent view of death
  • The principal components of grief
  • Complicated grief
  • Counselling the dying
  • Ending long term counselling

Materials supplied with this course
The course materials includes comprehensive course notes (knowledge and practice), and consist of 20 Lessons and 10 tutor marked assignments, supplemented with suggested background reading to provide insights into the skills and techniques used by professional counsellors. You will be able to observe and become conversant with many of the practical techniques employed by professional counsellors.

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Credit Rated or CPD
In addition to the Institute course certificate successful candidates will be awarded a certificate of CPD. If you require academic credit rating you may wish to consider our Clinical and Pastoral Counselling Module GCU 1 plus Grief and Bereavement Counselling Module GCU 2 which are part of our Course 5000N Diploma In Clinical and Pastoral Counselling but can be taken separately.

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