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Postgraduate Course: Living in the Aftermath of Death; Counselling Approaches to Bereavement (CNST11046)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides a comprehensive exploration of issues of grief and bereavement as they might be presented following either recent, or previous and unresolved bereavement experiences.
Course description The course will examine the theoretical frameworks we have to describe and work with the expected or the prolonged or the complicated distress of the bereaved. It will also examine the impact of this work on the practitioner and how we respond to that.

The course is designed for counselling and related practitioners to whom bereavement is presented as an immediate or underlying issue. The concepts and practices of working with bereavement and loss are explored within the dialogue between the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives.

Topics include theoretical models of grief and bereavement, the impact of bereavement at different developmental stages and the implications of this for practice, issues of personal, societal and cultural difference, diversity and power in the experience of bereavement, and the impact on the practitioner of working with death and loss.

Students are required to draw on their personal and professional experience with bereaved people within class sessions. The ethical and confidentiality issues raised by this are discussed in the first session.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 4,000 to 5,000 word essay analysing a key theme in the practice of working therapeutically with bereaved people. Students will critically reflect on the practice theme, integrating relevant research and literature, and drawing on their own therapeutic practice, as relevant.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Conceptualise and critically appraise different theoretical models of grief and bereavement.
  2. Analyse the impact of bereavement at different developmental stages.
  3. Evaluate issues of personal, societal and cultural difference, diversity and power in the experience of bereavement.
  4. Critically appraise how these theoretical ideas inform the practices of counselling in this field.
  5. Conceptualise and analyse key themes in the practice of working with bereavement with reference to the practitionersown self-awareness and practice.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Therapeutic relational skills with those in distress.
Capacity to work autonomously within a professional ethical framework.
Capacity to critically appraise practice of self and others.
Capacity to critically appraise and evaluate interlinked theoretical concepts in relation to diverse and complex situations and circumstances.
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Course organiserDr Jonathan Wyatt
Tel: (0131 6)51 3974
Course secretaryMs Leopoldine Barde
Tel: (0131 6)50 3890
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