COUN5051 Counselling in Loss

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

COUN5051 Counselling in Loss

Level: Higher

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: Counselling Skill 2


Unit description

This unit provides the knowledge and skills students need to counsel those experiencing loss. Students will gain an understanding of the grief process, and consider the impact culture and your personal history have on their interaction with clients seeking counselling due to loss.

The emphasis is to build students' existing counselling strategies and skills so they can counsel and help people to deal with loss and grief.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • understand and apply the terminology and concepts for counselling in loss 
  • discuss the different ways that grief is experienced and expressed
  • identify key issues in bereavement counselling
  • explain the role of the counsellor in dealing with loss
  • discuss different models of grief and approaches to bereavement counselling
  • identify appropriate strategies for bereavement counselling
  • demonstrate the key skills of counselling in loss
  • apply these counselling skills in a wide range of loss situations

Unit content

  • An Introduction to Counselling in Loss
  • Counselling Approaches and Models of Grief
  • Cultural and Religious Perspectives of Others
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Complicated Grief and Prolonged Grief
  • Other Losses and Gender and Bereavement
  • Bereaved Children and Adolescents
  • Bereaved Parents
  • Family and Loss
  • Disenfranchised Grief and Complex Loss Situations
  • Supporting Caregivers, the Dying, and the Bereaved Elderly
  • Developing Self-Awareness and Maximising Counselling Effectiveness

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Regular Term

Type

Weighting

Word count

Week

Reflective Essay

50%

2500

7

Practice Session

Reflective Essay

25%

25%

  N/A

2500

11

11

Summer School (2014)

Type

Weighting

Word count

Week

Reflective Journal &

Directed Reflection

40%

Reflective Journal (800) and directed reflection (600)

3

Practice Session

Reflective Essay

30%

30%

N/A

2500

5

5

Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Creative self-expression
  • Reasoned criticism
  • Multiple research methodologies
  • Complex data acquisition techniques and analysis
  • Written expression and reasoned argument from empirical data
  • Evaluating possible outcomes of alternative courses of action

Recommended text

Hooyman, N. R., & Kramer, B. J. (2006). Living through loss: Interventions across the life span. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Relevant journals

Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Death Studies
Counseling and Values
Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Journal of Humanistic Education and Development
Journal of Mental Health Counseling
Journal of Men’s Studies
Palliative Care
The Journal for Specialists in Group Work.
Psychology Review

Academic misconduct

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Disclaimer

This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of the semester.