This unit (APT5010) of study is designed to provide students with an understanding of grief counselling models and strategies available to the grief counsellor working in a variety of settings and with diverse client groups. The applied basis of relevant counselling practice and strategies within the grief and loss paradigm will be the central focus of this unit, including critical incidence debriefing, crisis intervention, peer counselling/support. Consideration will also be given to issues of cross-cultural understanding and ethnic identity. The unit aims to introduce students to various models of grief counselling and intervention strategies. It will provide students with the opportunity to practise and develop skills in grief counselling. Classes will be run on an experiential basis and include role-plays, group discussion and class presentations.

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APT5035 - Theories and Techniques of Counselling or

APT5037 - Child and Adolescent: Theories and Techniques of Counselling

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and conceptually map the experience of grief and loss in adults, adolescents and children  
  2. Critique the models of grief responses;  
  3. Evaluate complex presentations of grief;  
  4. Assess presentation of grief, loss and trauma and formulate appropriate interactions.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Recorded counselling role-play 40%
Essay Literature review and treatment plan (1500 words) 40%
Review Reflection of counselling demonstration (500 words) 20%

Required reading

Grief and its Challenges. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
Thompson, N., (2011)
United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

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