Details for Grief and Loss

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC512
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Sharon Garro


The following subjects are pre-requisites:

Awards offering Grief and Loss

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Develop an understanding of the theories and therapeutic interventions regarding grief (complicated and uncomplicated) and loss;
  2. Critically analyse effective responses and best practice strategies appropriate to the professional context;
  3. Develop an understanding of different grief responses, experiences and expressions with consideration given to social, cultural, familial and religious factors;
  4. Reflect on personal and professional considerations of grief and loss.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Grief and Loss
  • Theories of Grief and Loss
  • Cultural Considerations
  • Risk Factors, Predictors & Mediators of Grief
  • Facilitating Uncomplicated Grief
  • Distinguishing Complicated Grief
  • Loss & Liminality in Everyday Life The Lost Art of Lament
  • Social Stigma in Grief & Loss
  • Family Systems & Grief
  • Working with Grieving Children Grief, Loss and the People Helper
  • Application of Learning

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Case Studies (30%)
  • Research Essay (40%)
  • Critical Reflection Essay (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Worden, J. (2018). Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy: A handbook for the mental health practitioner (5th ed.). New York, NY: Springer.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any texts.