An Introduction to Grief and Bereavement Counselling

This 8 week online course explores the theory and practice of counselling for grief and bereavement. It is designed for qualified counsellors who have already completed their counselling diploma and would now like to develop additional skills in this specialised area.

The course is designed to meet the needs of counsellors working within a range of counselling models and approaches. It is ideal as part of a programme of continuing professional development. Subjects covered include: death and grieving as a process; working with the bereaved client; traditions and cultural difference around the experience of death; research and theories on the grief process; Worden’s model of grief work; untangling the emotions of grief; bereavement and traumatic loss; supporting clients through crisis; children and grief; preparing for the future; attachment theory and grief; compound and complicated grief; loss in everyday experience. exploring the impact of grief following other losses.

The course runs for 8 weeks and is divided into four 40-60 page workbooks, which are delivered in weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7 with assignments to complete in weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8.

The course fee includes all course material, delivered direct to your inbox in a pdf format, and full tutorial support. You can contact your mentor at any time by email. A member of your tutorial team is also available by instant chat between 9 am and 9 pm, 7 days a week, to answer any questions you might have at time to suit you.


Borders Counselling Award:

Continuing Professional Development Certificate in Bereavement Counselling.

ACCPH-Validated-CPD-Course-Logo-Small-xAs part of Borders Uk all of our training is accredited. Our certificates are recognised by employers, useful as evidence of continuing CPD, and a great addition to your cv.

Course outline

Module 1 – Understanding Loss: the role of the bereavement counsellor; explore the psychological and emotional impact of loss; stages of grief; blocks to grief; dysfunctional grief; complicated grief; the experience of dying; loss following trauma and crisis; introduction to PTSD.

Module 2 – Understanding Attachment: attachment theory; attachment theory and loss; continuing bonds model; dual process model; transformation theories of grief; post-traumatic growth; exploring your personal attachment history.

Module 3 – Bereavement in Family Context: understanding families; models of family functioning; family relationships and the grieving process; communication within families; working with different age groups; life span work; group counselling for bereavement; traditions and cultural differences around bereavement.

Module 4 – Practical Approaches to Client Work: moving forward into the future; goal-setting in counselling; cognitive-behavioural approaches; creative approaches to client work.

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Spring offers now extended to 30th June – Only: £185 (Normal price: £405)

Or Pay by Instalments

Pay in 3 monthly instalments of £68.33 (including an administration fee of £20, total cost £205).

“Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.” – Jane Welsh Carlyle