SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code M3B924215
Module Leader Neil Morrison
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Counselling Skills and Practice

Summary of Content

This online module is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the grief and bereavement processes and to further develop knowledge of in-depth counselling models, approaches and skills in grief and bereavement counselling; which are holistic, practical, and comprehensive and build on the student's previous knowledge of the helping/counselling relationship and self-awareness. The online module incorporates both theoretical principles and a period of work based practice activities supported by an online mentor.


-142 Developing grief and bereavement counselling practice: -142b7 Grief and Bereavement Attitudes, Stages and Models -142b7 Counselling Process and Bereavement b7 The Four Tasks of Mourning -142b7 Supporting and facilitating bereaved clients to reflect, process and choose 'best fit' strategies -142b7 Professional and Ethical Practice in Working with the Bereaved -142b7 Portfolio: Counselling Practice Activities -720

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:LO 1: Scrutinise evidence from literature to explore the scope of contemporary perspectives and models of grief and bereavement counselling LO 2: Explore and analyse the impact of using a counselling model (Worden) to help clients present 'normal bereavement' patterns of behaviour responses to loss.LO 3: Demonstrate the core qualities (Rogers) and skills necessary to support and facilitate bereaved clients (Worden) think through bereaved issues and choose 'best fit' strategies (Egan).LO 4: Evaluate the impact of integrating a counselling model (Egan) with a grief therapy model (Worden) using the core conditions (Rogers) to help bereaved clients work through their grieving processLO 5: Access accurately and critically evaluate the potential of the work place setting for supporting and counselling bereaved clients

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy will enable the students to synthesise and apply knowledge gained from study of the topics within the module. The teaching and learning will follow an online approach to ensure flexibility for students. Teaching methods will include tutor and peer input, guided reading and online learning. Tutors will provide opportunities to consider and explore actual and potential therapeutic intervention strategies relevant to grief and bereavement interventions with clients who have addiction issues. Online multi-media presentations, audio files and online course materials provide the main theoretical, skills and knowledge framework to assist independent learning. Written and oral feedback from tutors will develop and maintain student's professional knowledge. The Reflective Practitioner Activities Portfolio will enhance student's abilities to reflect on self, apply theoretical concepts and use the 'collective' (peers, colleagues and internet) to develop their self-regulated learning. The Reflective Practitioner Activities Portfolio further enhances the student's ability to reflect and evaluate progress in developing knowledge and competence in grief and bereavement counselling with feedback from the online tutor.

Indicative Reading

Egan,G. 2014, The skilled helper, 10 th edn, brooks/cole, Belmont: CA Mearns, D., Thorne, B., McLeod J., 2013, Person-centred counselling in action, 4 th edn, Sage, London. Protector, G. 2014, Values and ethics in counselling and psychotherapy, Sage, London. Priest, H. 2011, An introduction to psychological care in nursing and the health professions, Sage: London Kubler-Ross, E. 2005. On grief and grieving: finding the meaning of grief through the five stages of loss, Scribner, London. Machin, L. 2013, Working with loss and grief, 2 nd edn, Sage, London. Murray Parks, C. & Prigerson, H.G. 2010, Bereavement studies of grief in adult life, 4 th edn, Routledge, London. Worden, J.E. 2009, Grief counselling and grief therapy, 4 th edn, Springer publishing company: New York Doka, K.J. & Martin, T.L. 2010, Grieving beyond gender: understanding the ways men and women mourn. Routledge Taylor and French Group: London. Journals -142b7 OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying b7 The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement, 12 b7 Bereavement Care Journal: Working with prisoners | Cruse b7 Therapy Today - Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. (BACP) b7 Counselling in Scotland -- Journal of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy). b7 European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling (Eur Journal of Psychotherapy Counselling Health). Websites -142b7 b7 b7 b7 b7 b7 b7 b7 b7 b7 b7

Transferrable Skills

-Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner -Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning -Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills -Work effectively with others -Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice -Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FDL) 65.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 140.00
Directed Learning (FDL) 50.00
Tutorials (FDL) 15.00
Assessment (FDL) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% 2500 word Reflective Essay on Theory (Trimester 1)
Course Work 03 n/a 0.00 35% Practice Activities Portfolio - Pass/Fail only - - Exceptions Case No.162
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% 2500 word Case Study-Recorded/Analysed (Trimester 2)