The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) as the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia (RTO #22004) presents the 10775NAT Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention (GCBCI).

Course Description


The GCBCI is designed to provide current and appropriate training and education in applied competencies and theoretical frameworks deemed essential for the provision of effective bereavement counselling and intervention.

This course has been developed by experts in their specific fields to ensure the Course Content is current, evidence based and grounded in both research and practice. The course is a mixture of face to face and online delivery.

Our course is nationally recognised, post-graduate VET Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, equivalent to a Bachelor Honours Degree, and is specifically designed for health practitioners with appropriate training and substantial work experience in human services field and wanting to specialise in grief and bereavement counselling.

What you'll learn

  • Analyse current education and research underpinning grief and bereavement practices and bereavement counselling
  • Evaluate theoretical models, counselling theories, stress and coping models
  • Provide appropriate bereavement counselling and support
  • Effectively interpret client's responses to grief, coping mechanism, normative grief factors and likelihood of risk
  • Assess individuals for risk of prolonged grief
  • Apply interventions that serve to minimise risk and vulnerability and enhance protective factors
  • Work with individuals experiencing intense emotions that may complicate or prolong grief
  • Work with clients who are members of special populations
  • Practice and develop practitioner self-awareness and self-care

Career Opportunities

Whether you’re changing direction or gaining that competitive edge, our leading-class research and evidence led GCBCI program offers a professionally relevant education. Our graduates develop strong connections with community and industry that opens the door to outstanding future career prospects.

This course can help create pathways to an array of employment opportunities in various environments including schools, hospitals, palliative care services, the corporate sector and community health settings.

Entry requirements

Counselling qualification: have completed a Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma in a counselling related field.

Experience: minimum 50 hours of one on one supervised counselling or working towards this.

2020 Intakes

Start date

Enrolments open

Enrolments close*

Brisbane

22 April 2020

NOW 

8 April 2020

Melbourne (A)

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

Melbourne (B)

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

Melbourne Mid-Year

29 July 2020

NOW

15 July 2020

Perth

TBC

NOW

TBC

Sydney 

July 2020

NOW

TBC

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

Course Structure


Duration:
11 months (part-time)

Mode of delivery:

  • Blended learning Mode of Delivery
  • 5 Core Units (4 Face to Face and Online, and 1 exclusively online)
  • 12 face to face sessions
  • Self-directed and tutor led learning
  • Three half excursions - Cemetery Tour, Coroners Court, Wellbeing Day

COUCON001 Apply concepts of grief and bereavement (Face to Face and Online)

This unit provides the knowledge and skills to enable participants to establish a framework from which to inform grief and bereavement practice. It provides the learner 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 also 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 (Face to Face and Online)

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 (Exclusively Online)

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 (Face to Face and Online)

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 (Face to Face and Online)

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.

Credit for previous study or work available.

Assessment method

Competency based with a mix of knowledge and practical assessments in a simulated work environment.

Students access course materials and resources via the Learning Management System (Moodle/Learnbook). This includes moderated discussion forums and individual tutor support, and also feedback on workbook activities.

We provide trainer support and practical skill development which includes two orientation sessions and a graduation day.

Study Pathway

Upon successful completion of the GCBCI graduates may apply to complete a paid Internship Program at ACGB to 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 by contacting the Centre and speaking to the Internship Program Coordinator.

Upon completion of the Internship, students would be eligible to apply for paid bereavement counselling roles at ACGB, or with any other loss and grief related agency.

Course Fees

Total cost

$ 6,800

Enrolment fee

$640

Payment Plan

$560 x 11 months

Application Process

  1. Complete the application form and attach your resume
  2. Complete the LLN (Learning, Literacy and Numeracy) test 
  3. We will contact you for an informal phone interview
  4. If you are a successful candidate, you will receive an offer letter to join the course

Expression of interest

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Contact Us

Need more info? Call us today on 1800 642 066 or drop us a line using the contact form above.

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Enrolments open
12 August 2019

Units
5 Core Units (4 face to face and online and 1 exclusively online)

Course duration
11 months (part-time)

Australian Qualifications Framework
Level 8