Grief Support Course Outline 2015




Grief Support Certificate Course Outline Detailed


Unit One: The Framework

– Brain and Nervous System Theory and Grief Support

Unit Two: Safety First

– Establishing Safety during the Therapeutic Process

– Healing Strategies to Enhance Safety

Unit Three: The Context of Grief

– Defining Terms Associated With Grief and Loss

– Types of Losses

– Factors That Make Each Loss Unique

– Effects of Grief

– Physical Responses to Loss

– Emotional Responses to Loss

– Spiritual Responses to Loss

– Listening to Soul Pain

– Grief: The Journey of Mind, Emotion and Spirit

– Possible Responses to Loss

– Multiple Losses and the Circle of Significance

Unit Four: Grief across the Lifespan

– Children and Grief

– Some Individual Reactions to Loss of a Parent or Sibling

– Helpful Hints for Supporting Grieving Children

– Grief in Adult and Older Years

– Who Else is Hurting?

– The Process of Transformation Following a Major Loss

Unit Five: Supporting as Death Draws Near

– Self-inventory Of My Feelings about Death

– What Do Dying People Want?

– Stages of Dying and Physical Needs

– Pain and Suffering

– Legacy and Life Review

– Dream Messages

– Spirituality, Religion and Therapeutic presence

– Honoring Religious Beliefs for Those Who Are Dying and Those Grieving

– Ways to Prevent Burnout: Information for a Primary Caregiver

Unit Six: Applying Therapeutic Skills during a Time of Grief

– Characteristics of a Grief Specialist

– The Grief Process: Applying an Empowering Model

– How to Help During Initial Sorrow

– Questions that can Stimulate Communication in a Time of Grief

– Ways of Responding which Rob Personal Power

– Language which Enhances Personal Power

– Changing the Emotional Impact

– Christmas and Grief: An Anniversary Reaction Time

Unit Seven: The Therapeutic Helper: Self Care and Team Support

– Caring: Its Joys and Burdens

– Strategies for Self-Care


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