COU2688 Grief Counseling

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COU2688 Grief Counseling

COU2688 Grief Counseling ll explores issues related to death, dying, grief and loss as well as their relevance and application in the counseling field. The goal is to evaluate and understand the many problems and key resources relevant with persons encountering grief, loss, death and bereavement.  There will be a brief overview of different religious and cultural beliefs regarding death.  This course will explore the correct meaning of grief, it’s various components and how it is manifested. Students will attain knowledge, values and skills to meet the demands for entry level practice with clients and their families encountering grief and loss at different stages of lifespan.

You will gain knowledge about why and how humans grieve and how grieving is affected by type of loss, cultural factors, individual personality and family functioning. Various types of loss will be discussed from an individual, family, and socio/cultural perspective. You will gain understanding in trauma and its relationship to grief.  You will gain an understanding in coping and resiliency in loss and the diversity of human response.  Finally, an exploration into the development of grief and bereavement responses.


The goal of this course is to provide specialized knowledge and skills training in counseling children and adolescents.  Students will how to assess behavior.

Students will gain knowledge in being able to differentiate various counseling strategies and techniques.

  • Understand the different meanings of loss, and the impact of loss on those grieving.
  • Develop perceptions of death and death anxiety
  • Gain knowledge in the bereavement and grieving process
  • Develop and enhance emotional resilience skills
  • Identify the practical issues and problems that arise for individuals and families following a death or major loss in the family
  • Examine the variables impacting the family and/or person facing death and bereavement.
  • Identify post-traumatic stress disorder

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A CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.”

 “Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

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  • (2017) Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective. Martha Lally, Suzanne Valentine-French College of Lake County. Independent Publisher. Available at:
    • Chapter 10: Death and Dying
      • Development Perceptions of Death and Death Anxiety (pg. 416-418)
      • Grief, Bereavement, and Mourning (pg. 424-425)
      • Models of Grief (pg. 426-428)
      • Grief: Loss of Children and Parents (pg. 428-430)
      • Mourning (pg. 430)
  • (2018) 3 Grief counseling therapy techniques & interventions. Courtney E. Ackerman 
  • (2015) Nursing Care At the End of Life. Susan Lowey, SUNY, Brockport. Available at:
  • Chapter 11: Diversity of Beliefs and Traditions across Religions and Cultures (pg. 112-114)
  • Chapter 12: Grief and Bereavement (pg. 117-120)


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