Earn the Grief Counseling Training Certificate (GCTC) with this non-interactive self-study program
This Grief Counseling Certificate program analyzes the different types of grief, their history, symptoms, and ways to support. Exploration of grief across the lifespan and cultural impact on the grieving process is discussed during this training. Participants learn about current therapeutic approaches, diverse grief models, and assessment tools to help conceptualize grief. This training empowers clinicians with interventions and tools to confidently support clients as they learn to manage and live alongside their grief.
The recent the Prolonged Grief Disorder update in the DSM-V-TR is addressed.
Topics covered include:
Overview of Grief
- Acute Grief
- Integrated Grief
- Chronic Grief/Complicated Grief
The Many Types of Grief:
- Normal Grief
- Prolonged Grief
- Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder (PCBD)
- Ambiguous Grief
- Traumatic Grief
- Anticipatory Grief
- Distorted Grief
- Delayed Grief
- Masked Grief
- Exaggerated Grief
- Absent Grief
- Inhibited Grief
- Abbreviated Grief
- Disenfranchised Grief
- Cumulative Grief
- Collective Grief
- Primary Loss & Secondary Loss
- Elizabeth Kübler Ross and Experience of Grief
Assessment Tools for Grieving Clients:
- Beck Depression Inventory
- Hamilton Depression Rating Scale
- Core Bereavement Items
- Hogan Grief Reaction Checklist
- Revised Grief Experience Inventory
- Grief Measurement Scale
- Inventory of Complicated Grief
- Grief Experience Questionnaire
- Other Screening Tools
Culture, Spirituality, and Developmental Grief Responses:
- How does culture impact mourning?
- How does spirituality impact mourning?
- Developmental Grief Responses
Grief Model and Treatment Approaches:
- Grief counseling vs. grief treatment – what’s the difference?
- Dual Process Model – loss and restoration
- Companioning Model – being present for the mourner
- Task-Based Model - accommodating a new life
- The ATTEND Model for increased attunement
- Complicated Grief Treatment Model
- Narrative Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Ethical and professional boundary issues
The Grief Interventions:
- Tools for Acute Grief
- Loss Timeline
- Guilt Work
- Family Sculpting
- Love after Loss
- Maintaining Connection
- Life Imprint
- Social Support
From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.
Upon completion of this training, professionals will be able to do the following:
- List and explain different types of grief and their symptoms.
- Explain how the different types of grief can impact the progression of treatment.
- Recall 2-3 grief models to conceptualize grief and the clinician’s role
- Assess which grief model will be most impactful for their client
- Illustrate how grief can have an impact across the lifespan
- Recall 3-4 interventions for grief to better care for clients
Tiffani Dilworth, MA, LCPC
Tiffani Dilworth, LPC, FT, is a successful psychotherapist, author, and sought-after speaker on topics related to grief, PTSD, and sexual assault. Miss Dilworth received her Master’s in Community Counseling from Oklahoma State University. She’s a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who specializes in PTSD, Grief, and Sexual Trauma. She’s a Fellow in Thanatology and a Certified Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist.
She has worked across the US with various organizations, schools, universities, and corporations to bring awareness to the grieving process and to teach countless people how to live alongside their grief. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Ms. Dilworth is an affiliate of PsychExperts & Associates, Inc, located in Baltimore, MD.
Drawing on her rich clinical experience, Ms. Dilworth incorporates the most current information on the process of grieving with evidence-based and innovative treatment techniques that clinicians can immediately use in their practice. She’s the author of the books 11 Tools to Help Manage the Aftermath of Trauma and Types of Grief, and the host of Managing My Grief Podcast.
Credit Hours: This course consists of 7 credit hours.
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Other Professionals: This activity qualifies for 420 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
To receive your certificate of completion and the Grief Counseling Training Certificate (GCTC) you must complete the course in its entirety.
To complete an Online Self Study Course, one must register, log in, select the My Courses option from the menu items, click the Course Title, complete all of the modules, complete and pass the post-test(s), and complete the course evaluation.
Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked but not required to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.
You can download or print your certificate of completion by logging into your account, navigating to the course by selecting the My Courses option from the menu items, clicking the Course Title, scrolling to the Certificate of Completion section, and clicking on the Certificate of Completion link to either download it or print it.
Participants may request a printed version of their certificate of completion to be delivered by mail. A shipping/handling fee of $6.95 will be charged per request. Shipping internationally may require an additional charge.
Directions for completing a course can be found by clicking here.
This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course. Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.
This course was recorded 4/21/22 and 4/22/22 and updated 4/20/23.