Category: Diploma in Grief, Loss and Bereavement Counselling


Diploma in Grief, Loss and Bereavement Counselling

Pat Shea-Halson has specifically designed this course, after numerous requests for an accredited course and qualification, that enables people to work effectively, with clients that have experienced a loss or bereavement. The course is helpful for Counsellors working with bereavement support groups, people working with bereaved clients, bereaved parents, children and young people.

The Diploma In Grief, Loss and Bereavement Counselling Course is taught for 6 days over 3 months in 2-day modules.

Module 1 Understanding Loss, Grief & Bereavement

Looking at Parkes Model and different type of grief
Introduction to grief counselling and grief therapy. Introducing Worden’s Theory of the 4 Tasks of Mourning and introduction of the skills needed when working with bereaved clients

Module 2 Working With The Bereaved Client

Loss of a loved one through death, separation, divorce or incarceration. Working with the bereaved client Understanding Stages of Death and Dying – Kluber Ross
Understanding, using and developing the specific skills needed when working with bereaved clients

Module 3 Working with Bereavement Parents The Stages of Grief

How a person feels and reacts on becoming bereaved, depends on many aspects related to the individual, the death and the circumstances of the loss. It is important for those who work with the bereaved to understand that reactions are varied and influenced by many factors. Understanding and developing the counselling theories, counselling skills and implementing the theoretical knowledge needed when working with bereaved parents, and understanding how to help and understanding the interventions that hinder the bereaved parents.

Module 4 Working With Depression, Anxiety and Mental Health Issues

Often clients become depressed when working through loss, grief and bereavement. An Introduction to common mental illnesses: depression, anxiety disorders and substance use problems, will help the Counsellor to be able to implement Crisis intervention, first aid skills for suicidal behaviour, acute stress reaction, panic attacks, acute psychotic episode. The Counsellor will be able to identify the first aid skills needed for all common mental illnesses, and be able to notice the warning signs, how to address difficult situations, and identify the resources to get the right help for the bereaved client.

Module 5 Working With Children And Young People

When there is a death in the family, most children will be able to grieve, and over time come to terms with their loss. Some elements have a profound effect on how children and young people “manage” death inside and outside the family, and this effects their level of understanding, and sometimes complicates the bereavement process. Developing the skills and implementing the theoretical knowledge needed when working with children and young people. Developing the skills needed to assist the child and young person with the healing process.

Module 6 Chronic or Complicated Grief

Chronic grief is grieving that lasts for a prolonged or extended period of time. The condition of chronic grief or complicated grief is one of persistent mourning. Some individuals arrange their environment after the loss to reflect no change in life pattern. Such response represents a denial of the reality of the loss, and aims to protect against the intense suffering its acknowledgement would bring. A person who is suffering from chronic grief very likely will need the help of a good Grief Counsellor to work through the stage they are stuck in, so that they can begin the process of healing. The Counsellor will learn how to “support” the client through their chronic or complicated grief. The Counsellor will learn how to use visualisations, the Memory Lane Bereavement Process, and the Revealing, Healing, and Letting Go Process to help the client to move through the grieving process.

Entry Requirement

This course is open to qualified Counsellors, and Psychotherapists.

The Successful Course Examination Process

This Inspection, Examination and Moderation Procedure was designed and development by Pat Shea-Halson in consultation with representatives from Counselling Courses and Counselling Students from different Colleges and Universities, Moderators, Course Examiners, Lecturers in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Accreditation Panels. They were all supportive of quality assessment for Educational Courses. The Centre For Personal Development has being using this successful Course Examination Process since 1995, and is accepted and recognised by colleges, universities and employers since 1995.

There is an established Inspection and Moderation Programme written for the Association for Accrediting and Endorsing Counselling Courses by Pat Shea-Halson. It is used at the Centre for Personal Development. The Inspection and Moderation process will embrace the direct observation of the delivery of the curriculum, monitoring of the Course Tutors and student’s performance, and evaluation of the Centre’s strategy for monitoring and enhancing the quality of its own provision, and measure the academic standard of the courses, in accordance with the aims and objectives of the course and the area of study, to ensure a high academic standard is achieved. All of our Course Examiners are independent of the Centre For Personal Development. The Course Examiner, visits the Centre For Personal Development and inspects the course work that has been completed by the students. It is submitted to the Course Tutor and marked in accordance to the marking procedure. The Course Examiner ensures that all the systems and procedures, have been adhered to, and the Course Tutors have used the criteria to evaluate the student’s course work, and ensure the aims and objectives, and high standards of the course have been achieved.

Information regarding the Course Examiners

Although the Inspection, Examination and Moderation Programme have been designed by Pat Shea-Halson, the Course Examiners are Independent Course Examiners. They are usually Moderating other courses or Counselling Courses at Colleges and Universities, and within other training establishments. Pat specifically requested Independent Course Examiners to evaluate the courses. This will ensure that the course has been stringently assessed and examined by an Independent Judicator.

Course Work Criteria

Each participant is required to produce a Learning Journal, and a 5,000-word essay on Grief, Loss and bereavement Counselling, (examples of previous Assignments are available to assist you with the structure or content necessary to demonstrate the criteria for the Assignment). You will be given a lot of support and encouragement from the Course Tutor to help you organise, formulate and structure the Assignment. If you are referred on an Assignment, you will be given the support of the course tutor, with written feedback on the marking sheet; stating the reasons why the Assignment has been referred. You can also have a tutorial with verbal feedback and advice and support from the course tutor to help you gain a pass for your Assignment. You will then be given a submission date to re-submit the Assignment. We will endeavour to support participants with their written work and Assignments, we want you to pass the course and gain your qualification, and will assist you to achieve this.

Course Tutor

The Course Facilitator is Pat Shea-Halson, Pat is a Principal Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, She has a lot of experience working as a Child and Family Psychotherapist, and has a lot of experience of bereavement counselling. Pat was a Counsellor on the Hillsbrough Helpline. During the Gulf War she worked for the Gulf Support Network. Pat supervised Counsellors and Social Workers who were counselling the soldiers admitted to Whiston Hospital. She also designed and facilitated a workshop teaching them how to work with clients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And also designed and facilitated a workshop on Critical Incident Debriefing

Engaging in an enjoyable learning experience

Pat has many years experience of facilitating courses, she is the Director of the Centre for Personal Development and believes teaching and learning should be a fun, exciting, enjoyable experience. The Centre has a wonderful, relaxed, tranquil, learning environment. The rooms are all painted in beautiful pastel colours. It is a pleasure to work in. Pat creates a relaxed atmosphere, and through her warm, friendly approach to teaching, always makes the sessions informative and enjoyable. She is an excellent facilitator and has extensive experience in teaching on counselling courses, and her teaching style has been described as dynamic.

Course fees and Course venue

The course is run over a period of 3 weekends. From 10am – 5pm, At the Centre for Personal Development, The course fee is: £700. To secure your place on the course, please return the Enrolment Form and send your course fee. You can pay your course fee in full or in installments. To enable participants to have access to the course the fees can be paid in installments. This will result in an administration charge; this will be processed with a Standing Order

Our Easy Plan Payment to pay your course fees in installments

We are aware that everyone is experiencing tough times financially at the moment, and also aware that people also want to continue with their personal and professional development to improve their skills and qualifications, and improve their job prospects. We want to provide you with the access to do the training course, that will help you to develop within your chosen field within the counselling world.

Gain an Accredited Qualification
We want to enable you to invest in learning new skills, and gain an accredited qualification that will help you to be at the forefront of your chosen field, as a Counselling professional.

Successfully Supporting You To Gain Your Qualification
To ensure that you have continued success as a Counsellor, we acknowledge that it is important for us to support you, and assist you, to spread the cost of your training.

Develop Your Skills, Develop Your Career Prospects
To enable you to have access to the course, begin your chosen training programme, and further develop your career, we have designed and developed an easy payment system for you. This will enable you to begin your training programme and spread the cost of the course. The Easy Payment Plan allows you to pay by installments via a Standing Order.

Diploma in Grief, Loss and Bereavement Counselling
Cost of Course payment in full – £700

Paying course fee in installments
Cost of Qualification – £700 + £40 Administration Fee = £740
£140 deposit and 6 monthly payments of £100 payable via Standing Order. Cost of the course paying in installments = £740

Accelerating the Learning Process.

The Centre For Personal Development is an excellent learning environment; we have a maximum of 14 students on our Diploma in Counselling Course. We make the learning process a pleasurable encounter, enabling participants to absorb information and integrate and maintain the knowledge taught on the course. We do this by using the accelerated learning techniques, that make learning a fun, enjoyable, memorable experience. We enable our course participants to work at their own pace, and develop the skills necessary to easily absorb the information on the course, through a series of learning techniques, and personal and professional development exercises. The Centre’s learning environment has been specifically designed to accelerate the learning process. This is evident from the positive feedback from participants on all courses

What is awarded on completion of criteria and course work?

On completion of course and for fulfilling the course criteria participants will be presented with the following Award: Diploma in Grief, loss and Bereavement counselling. This Diploma is accredited by (AAECC) Association for Accrediting and Endorsing Counselling Courses

If you would like any information regarding these courses, please feel free to contact us at the Centre For Personal Development on 0151 708 5706 or Email;