Psychology of Grief
POG-400 Psychology of Grief
This course in a nutshell:
Discussion topics: Major theories of loss from a psychological perspective; recognizing symptoms of grief; assessing complicating factors leading to unresolved grief; types of complicated grief reactions, and appropriate counselling techniques for each; special types of losses.
Skills: You will learn assessment procedures, normalizing techniques, treatment planning and interventions related to a wide variety of grief related situations. Techniques for working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families. You will develop the therapeutic skills necessary to recognize and treat complicated grief reactions, and to support clients through the various stages of the normal grief process.
This course will cover theories and specialized skills and techniques appropriate for use in the field of grief counseling. The various phases or tasks relating to the grief process will be identified. Students will learn to recognize symptoms of normal grief and complicated grief; and will practice appropriate intervention skills to help clients resolve the phases of grief.
The information presented in this course will be explored from a psychological perspective as supported by current researchers and major theorists.
Cultural aspects, social and personality development of the client are recognized as being important components when working in the field of grief counselling.
Students’ personal feelings about dealing with grief issues will be examined. You will be encouraged to explore your own history of loss, in order to minimize the effect that unresolved grief may have on your ability to facilitate the grieving process for your clients.
PORTFOLIO OF JOB SKILLS
What you will learn:
Your level of proficiency and competence with the skills introduced in this course will deepen as you proceed through the program. Upon graduation from the Diploma or Certificate program, you may include the following skills as part of your Professional Portfolio:
- The ability to recognize various types of losses that result in grief reactions and to conduct a variety of assessment procedures when working with individuals, children, adolescents, couples, families, and groups to screen for grief responses.
- The ability to use interview and counseling techniques to facilitate clients’ through various phases of grief such as:
- Accepting the reality of the loss
- Working through the painful emotions relating to grief
- Adjusting to the environment without the deceased
- Saying goodbye to the deceased and moving on to other significant relationships.
(NOTE: The skill set you will learn in this course comprises areas of core competence required for the practice of professional counselling.)