July Intake: Bereavement Following a Trauma

July Intake: Bereavement Following a Trauma
Type: Online Short Course
Trainer: Rebecca Coombes
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Social Workers, Teachers, Chaplains, Counsellors, Nurses, Therapists, Psychologists and other allied health professionals
Length: Four Online modules totalling 7 hours of education
Duration: Students will have one month to complete the 7 hours
Intake Start Date: Monday July 5th, 2021

Online Short Course Overview: Understanding and responding to bereavement following a Trauma

Violent or traumatic deaths bring a range of complex reactions, which can vary widely from individual to individual. Strong physical, cognitive and emotional reactions are common, with the social world of the bereaved also affected. Engagement with law enforcement agencies and the legal system brings its own challenges, along with media attention in many cases.

Students in this Online Short Course can expect to engage in a discussion of these complex issues and explore the most effective ways to provide support and assistance to the bereaved, while being mindful of the impact on the support worker themselves.

Learning Modules: at the Conclusion of this Online Short Course, participants should be able to:

Explore current grief and loss theories
Understand and be able to offer simple techniques for managing strong emotions
Be aware of role definition and boundaries as a support worker when working with violent
and traumatic deaths
Develop an understanding of the complex needs of those bereaved through violent and
traumatic death and gain increased confidence in working with individuals affected by these issues.


Students will need to engage with each module and complete the learning opportunities along the way. Whilst no formal assessment is required to complete the course, students will be required to score an average of 80% or above in the multiple choice quizzes to receive a certificate of completion to claim the 10 OPD points offered by the ACA.

You will be required to complete the end of course survey to receive your Certificate of Completion.
Trainer Bio: Rebecca Coombes

BPsych; GradCertBerCouns; MCouns(Couple Counselling)

Rebecca is a Bereavement Counsellor and Trainer at The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB). Rebecca has extensive experience working with bereaved families, which includes previously working at the Coroners Court of Victoria as a Family Liaison Officer and providing emotional support to families going through the coronial process. She has worked at GriefLine as the Operations and Clinical Manager where she managed and support volunteers and staff. Rebecca has also worked as a Relationship Counsellor at Relationships Australia.

Rebecca’s education background includes a Bachelor of Psychology, a Master of Counselling (Couple Counselling) and Graduate Certificate of Bereavement Counselling and Intervention. Rebecca is in the process of obtaining her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Graduate Certificate of Management. Rebecca has also completed further training in the areas of Palliative Care and Clinical Supervision.  Rebecca is passionate about supporting skill development and passing on her knowledge to those who wish to learn more about the grief and loss field.

 Course Cost: an all-inclusive cost of:

Members: $295
Non-Members: $345

Extensions and Intake Transfers

Extensions and Intake Transfers will not be granted to students that cannot complete their course before the conclusion date. If the course is not completed, students will forgo their registration fee in full.

Extensions beyond the course conclusion date will only be granted to those who can provide a medical certificate stating that they were medically unfit to complete the course.
Cancellation and Refund Policy: Participants must agree to this policy prior to commencing the course:

A refund may be given if:

The student is enrolled in a course and the course is cancelled due to insufficient student numbers.
The student advises the ACGB in writing that they are withdrawing from the course 14 days prior to course commencing.
If a refund is requested less than 14 days before course commencement, a full refund, less a $50 administration fee will be paid.
No refund is available to a student who leaves the course before finishing it.
5/07/2021 - 1/08/2021
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