COU2688 Grief Counseling

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COU2688 Is an introductory course. All students are eligible to take this course.


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


Attendance is mandatory for all students.  Excellent attendance is imperative for mastery and application of the information dispensed.  Whether you are sitting at a desk in a classroom or attending via Skype, your attendance is vital to your success.  Late arrivals are distracting and disrespectful.  Please refrain from being tardy.

Grades will be affected by absences and tardiness.  Participation in class is a prerequisite.  You learn from lectures, discussions and presentations.


Students are expected to treat all persons with respect.  We should all conduct ourselves in a courteous and responsible manner.  Be considerate, you can disagree, don’t insult.

Please set all your electronic devices to silent during class so as not to be a disturbance to others in the class.


We maintain an open-door policy for our students.  We are absolutely willing to discuss any matter that may arise during the course.  If you have any questions, problems, or need help with the course material, we urge you to reach out as soon as the issue arises.  If you want to contest a grade, you must do so within 48 hours and put it in writing.  Please ask your student advocate for help.  If you do not have a student advocate send an email to:


All students regardless of age, race, gender, religion, physical disability, class, etc., shall have equal opportunity without harassment in this course.  Any problems with or questions about harassment can be discussed confidentially via email at:


For students enrolled who are attending in a classroom or via Skype, please be sure you are dressed modestly and respectfully. Please refer to  NO short shorts or skirts.  Avoid low-cut tops.  We want to present ourselves in a dignified manner at all times.


  • Always read through all the comments of the class before responding. This will avoid duplicating comments or questions asked.
  • Avoid language that could be offensive. All profanity is strictly prohibited. Remember that using all caps when replying online signifies shouting.  This would be rude and combative.
  • Be sensitive to the fact that there will be fellow students from all parts of the world with many differing backgrounds and languages. Remember that slang and idioms will most likely be misconceived and/or misinterpreted.  These should be avoided.
  • Respect others views or opinions.
  • Be thoughtful of the privacy of others. Ask permission before sharing email addresses or other personal information.
  • Do not forward inappropriate material such as: virus warnings, chain letters, jokes, etc.  The sharing of pornographic material is strictly prohibited.
  • Use good spelling and grammar. Avoid using texting shortcuts.
  • Strive to compose your comments in a positive, supportive and constructive manner at all times.

Any of these offenses will be dealt with by the school disciplinary committee.


All reasonable accommodations will be provided for students with disabilities.  Any student attending USILACS who needs an accommodation due to a chronic challenge (i.e. blindness, deaf or hard of hearing, mobility issues, psychological, or learning disability), register with:

USILACS Registrar’s Office
2410 NE 18th Place
Ocala, FL 34470


We encourage collaborating with others, either in person or online, to study and learn.  When you complete your assignments or your exams, however, the wording has to be your own.

Plagiarism is the theft of someone else’s work and ideas.  You are permitted to cite or even quote someone else, however, you must properly cite them.  There are two accepted ways of doing this.  They are known as Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA).  You can visit for help in correctly citing information.

As a school that strives to maintain high moral standards, we strongly caution our students to be ethical and honest.  Endeavor to be honest in conducting yourself in regard to any coursework you accomplish or exams you may take.  Cheating is a dishonest practice.


All students will need all of the following:

  • Computer with camera, microphone, and speakers.
  • Skype installed on the computer with an active Skype account.
  • Internet
  • Printer
  • Notebook paper
  • Pens/pencils

If the student does not have a computer or internet, there will be some available for use at the school in the computer lab.

ATTENTION HESEAP STUDENTS: VERY IMPORTANT to review course procedures for HESEAP Award Students. >> CLICK HERE <<

  • (2017) Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective. Martha Lally, Suzanne Valentine-French College of Lake County. Independent Publisher. Available at: Click Here
    • 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)
    • (2017) The Psychological Aspects of Sports Injury. Open Learn. The Open University. Available at:  Click Here
  1. Psychological Reactions to Sports Injury, including Reading 1
    • 3 The Role of Sport Psychology Intervention, including video
  • (2016) Supporting and developing resilience in social work. Adapted by Jeanette Copperman. Open Learn. The Open University.  Available at: Click Here
    • What is Emotional Resilience
      • 2 Coping with feelings of distress
    • Enhancing Resilience
      • 1 Creating your Emotional Resilience Toolkit
      • 2 Skills and Techniques
    • (2015) Nursing Care At the End of Life. Susan Lowey, SUNY, Brockport.

Available at: Click Here

  • Chapter 11: Diversity of Beliefs and Traditions across Religions and Cultures (pg. 112-114)
  • Chapter 12: Grief and Bereavement (pg. 117-120)