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

Course Description

The GCBCI is a highly sought-after qualification which provides with theoretical and clinical skills to support patients and clients with both normative and complicated grief reactions.

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

  • The latest in grief and loss research and evidence led practice
  • Bereavement counselling theories types of loss and their impact (physical, behavioural, emotional, spiritual and cognitive) age, developmental impacts and special populations (cultural, gender and suicide)
  • Effective bereavement counselling techniques (design, implementation and evaluation of strategies to assist clients)
  • How a counsellor’s own bereavement impacts on counselling techniques and skills
  • Ethical and supervised practice
  • Self-care
  • Clinical supervision and practice

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

15 July 2020

12 August  2019

1 July 2020

Melbourne (A)

12 February 2020

12 August 2019

29 January 2020

Melbourne (B)

19 February 2020 (TBC)

12 August 2019

5 February 2020

Melbourne Mid-Year

29 July 2020

12 August 2019

15 July 2020

Perth

1 April 2020

12 August 2019

18 March 2020

Sydney 

26 February 2020

12 August 2019

12 February 2020

*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 (3 face to face and 2 online)
  • 12 face to face sessions
  • Self-directed and tutor led learning.

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.

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.

COUCON001 Apply concepts of grief and bereavement.

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 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. 

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

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

Deposit to commence

$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 (available soon)
  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

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Enrolments open
12 August 2019

Units
5 Core Units (3 face to face and 2 online)

Course duration
11 months (part-time)

Australian Qualifications Framework
Level 8