Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention

The 10775NAT Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention is an 11 month, part-time
course designed explicitly for counsellors and other health practitioners with appropriate training and substantial
work experience in the human services who wish to specialise in grief and bereavement counselling.   

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Interventions (GCBCI) provides contemporary and evidence-informed training in clinical skills and knowledge, which are essential for effective bereavement counselling and therapy. This course has been developed by experts in their specific fields to ensure the content is current, evidence based and grounded in both research and practice. The course is usually delivered through a combination of face to face and online delivery; however due to the impact of COVID-19, the course is currently being delivered online.

This course is equivalent to a Bachelor Honours Degree and is a nationally recognised, post-graduate VET Australian Qualifications Framework (level 8) program.

You will learn how to:

  • Apply concepts of grief and bereavement
  • Provide grief and loss counselling
  • Access services to support clients' experiencing bereavement
  • Provide appropriate interventions to support people experiencing complex bereavement
  • Work within a clinical supervision framework

Career Opportunities

This leading, evidence-informed graduate program offers professionally relevant education for those seeking to specialise in grief and loss. Students are able to apply this learning across a range of clinical settings.This course creates connections and career pathways to an array of employment opportunities in a variety of settings. Graduates work in a range of workplaces including schools, hospitals, palliative care services, the corporate sector and community health.

Course Structure

Duration: 11 months, part time (excluding school holiday and Christmas break)

Mode of delivery:

  • This course is currently delivered in an online format using both synchronous and asynchronous delivery formats (adjusted during COVID-19)
  • Multiple live Zoom sessions (80% attendance is required)
  • Each student will proceed at their own pace and may move through the materials as quickly as they wish, however the Zoom sessions that are used for assessments are synchronous, which will require students to attend at set times. Zoom sessions are held at the beginning of each unit as an overview and induction process
  • This course is structured to include a student commitment of 15 hours per week total, which is inclusive of self paced learning, directed learning, undertaking formative assessments (including forum posting and responding) and summative assessment preparation. 80% of the allocated time is applied to learning and 20% to assessment
  • Self-paced learning is to be completed through Learnbook, our Learning Management System (LMS), using software such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, HTML-5 and Lectora. These software programs allow for a rich and engaging content to be uploaded, including text, video recordings and animations

COUCON001 Apply concepts of grief and bereavement

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills to establish a framework from which to inform grief and bereavement practice. It provides the student with a working knowledge of the concepts and processes of grief and bereavement. In the context of grief being a universal response to loss, this unit also explores both common and atypical reactions to bereavement. This unit applies to those responsible for providing support to a range of people experiencing grief or loss and different reactions to bereavement.

CHCFCS004 Provide grief and loss counselling

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for counsellors to explore the meaning and effect of grief and loss issues and work with individuals and families experiencing grief and loss. This unit applies to family relationship counsellors who operate with significant autonomy in therapeutic professional service roles in the community sector.

COUSER001 Access services to support clients experiencing bereavement

This unit provides the knowledge and skills to enable counsellors to identify the need for outside support and services for clients and how to access support and services. This unit applies to those responsible for providing support and counselling to a range of people experiencing grief or loss and different reactions to bereavement.

COUINV001 Provide appropriate interventions to support people experiencing complex bereavement

This unit provides the knowledge and skills to assist people who are experiencing complicated or prolonged reactions to grief. This unit applies to those responsible for counselling people experiencing complicated and prolonged bereavement. Successful completion of this unit will equip persons with the background skills and knowledge to provide these counselling services.

CHCPRP007 Work within a clinical supervision framework

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to initiate, prepare for and participate in a structured process of clinical supervision. This unit applies to workers who operate with significant autonomy in therapeutic professional service roles in the community sector. 

Assessment method

  • Written assessments
  • Role plays
  • Case studies
  • Online presentations

  • Performance competence is the ability to combine theoretical and practical learning effectively in a relevant task and content, i.e. a combination of knowing and doing. Applied competence at the graduate certificate level is interpreted as the demonstration of three types of ability:
  • The ability to do (Practical competence)
  • The ability to know (Knowledge competence)
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills to new situations and to solve problems (Performance competence)

  • Therefore, students that undertake the bereavement counselling and intervention course will be assessed against the following criteria relevant to graduate certificate level qualifications.

    Knowledge and skills
  • Reflect critical awareness of current and new knowledge, practice or techniques, some of which are at the forefront of an area of study or practice
  • Reflect critical and independent thinking

  • Application
  • Activities are set in a wide range of contexts with significant unfamiliar or unpredictable aspects or combination aspects
  • Involves significant, complex and emergent issues, which are tested, formulated and addressed, resulting in a significant contribution to theory, method or practice
  • All of GCBCI assessments will be valid, reliable, fair and flexible to ensure the focus on the application of skills and knowledge as required in the workplace
  • The rules of evidence (valid, sufficient, current and authentic) guide the collection of evidence to support the principles of validity and reliability
  • During assessments, evidence will be gathered to ensure that sufficient levels of foundational, practical and reflective competence are demonstrated
  • All assessment tasks will consider language, literacy, numeracy and cultural issues or any other individual needs related to the assessment
  • Re-assessment is available on appeal

    Assessment Standards
    All assessment conducted by ACGB will comply with the guidelines defined in the ASQA accredited GCBCI course documentation (10775NAT) in the case of the qualification, ACGB ensures that vocationally competent assessors hold the TAE40116.

    Assessment Procedures 
    All assessment procedures at ACGB will:
  • Be equitable, culturally and linguistically appropriate
  • Involve information which criteria for judging performance are made clear to all students
  • Employ participatory approach
  • Provide for students to undertake assessments at appropriate times and where required in appropriate locations
  • Entry requirements

    This course exposes students to challenging and emotionally confronting situations. It requires students who have sufficient maturity and work/life experience to provide professional support services within organisational and regulatory requirements.

    Counselling qualifications are required, such as a completed Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma in a counselling related field.

    Experience - evidence of two years practical experience in counselling, or at least five years supervised general counselling practice experience. Students are required to read and interpret lengthy knowledge-based literature, prepare written case studies and participate in role-plays. Students also need to have a high level of written and verbal communication skills coupled with digital literacy such as word processing and the ability to use an internet based LMS (Learning Management System) and recording devices.

    February 2021 Intakes

    Start Date   Time      Enrolment Close
    1 February 2021 (Morning intake)    9:30AM - 3:30PM AEDT     19 January 2021
    9 February 2021 (Evening intake)     5:30PM - 8:30PM AEDT       26 January 2021

    *We have limited spots. The enrolments will be closed earlier if the intake is full.

    Online Platform Requirements

    To run Moodle (our Learning Management System) effectively you should, as a minimum, use the system components listed on this page. If you do not, Moodle may still work but some functionality may be lost. Workplace IT environments' internal configurations can also restrict the functionality of Moodle. Access to content may be affected, as may the possibility of uploading files. File size limitations may also apply. Workplaces may also have older versions of software, and Moodle may not perform well with these.

    Operating System
    Windows 7,10, Mac OSX Sierra, iPad IOS10.

    Internet Speed
    Use a broadband connection (256 Kbit/sec or faster—this will ensure that you can view videos and online presentations) through USB wireless modem, ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic or cable. Dial-up access will be significantly slower, and we do not recommend it when accessing Moodle.

    Internet Browser
    Compatible browsers include:

  • Google Chrome 32-bit version 50 or later (recommended for optimal compatibility, this has been thoroughly tested on Windows
  • Safari 10 or later (recommended for optimal compatibility, this has been thoroughly tested on Mac)
  • Note that add-ons and toolbars can affect any browser's performance. MS Internet Explorer is not recommended.

    We recommend that the following be enabled:
    Cookies, Pop-ups (in both internet browser and security software), Javascript.

    We recommend that you use the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.

    Resource Viewing
    We recommend that you use the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. To view all the resources uploaded to Moodle, you will probably need to have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or an equivalent (e.g. Open Office, Viewer) installed.


    Study Pathway

    Successful GCBCI graduates, with a minimum of 200 counselling hours within two years, can apply to complete an Internship Program at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and work towards becoming a Certified Bereavement Practitioner (CBP). The CBP program ensures that specialised grief and bereavement practitioners who have undertaken specialised training are given due recognition. Click HERE for more information

    Further details about the Internship Program are available HERE , or, for more information, you can contact the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and ask to speak to the Internship Program Coordinator.

    Course Fees

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    Payment plan available. Monthly instalments of $560 over 11 months. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP are not available for this course.

    Application Process

    • Complete the application form
    • We will contact you for an informal phone interview
    • Complete the LLN (Language, Literacy and Numeracy) test that we will send you
    • If you are a successful candidate, you will receive an offer letter to join the course

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    Enrolments open
    1 January 2021

    5 Core Units 

    Course duration
    11 months (part-time)

    Australian Qualifications Framework
    Level 8