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Unit 206S

Unit 206S

Grief, Loss, Death And Dying

Unit Description

In this unit, students will develop an understanding of the issues and processes of holistic counselling and psychotherapy when working with people experiencing grief, loss, death and dying.

In this unit, students will develop an understanding of the issues and processes of holistic counselling and psychotherapy when working with people experiencing grief, loss, death and dying. Classic and contemporary theories and approaches to working with grief, loss and death will be covered, including the work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Arnold Mindell, Rudolf Steiner, William Worden and Robert Niemeyer, and models arising from palliative care. The holistic model will be differentiated from other models. Students will discuss case studies as a way of applying their understanding of the holistic model to a range of loss and grief circumstances, across the lifespan, and with culturally diverse clients.

Palliative care is introduced during the intensive. Counselling skills for loss and grief are taught and practiced under supervision at the intensive and will be demonstrated by students through the submission of a reflective critical analysis of a session.




Core Unit


Year 2, Semester 2




Christina Nielsen


30 minutes before and after workshop intensives and by appointment during semester

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a) Critically analyse and compare classical and contemporary theories of grief, loss and death with the holistic model

b) Articulate the process oriented approach to working with grief, loss, death and dying

c) Articulate and analyse key concerns and challenges in grief and loss counselling and therapy

d) Skilfully demonstrate and evaluate holistic counselling and psychotherapy interventions for bereavement and palliative care

e) Accurately define and apply concepts and terminology for loss and grief counselling and psychotherapy

f) Identify and analyse ethical and professional aspects of grief and loss counselling and psychotherapy

Student Workload

The total unit workload is equivalent to 7.34 hours per week over the semester, 117.5 hours in total.

  • 12 hours on-campus workshop intensive

  • 1.5 hour Zoom class

  • 8 hours study buddy

  • 96 personal study hours

Delivery Mode

On-campus teaching comprises 12 hours in total - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Online delivery

1.5 hour Zoom discussion

Workshop intensive on-campus

Study Buddy activities

Eight hours over the semester

Graduate Attributes

Critical thinking
Our graduates will have critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate and analyse information and make informed professional judgements
Lifelong learning
Our graduates will have the skills necessary to successfully manage their careers and continue their personal and professional development in rapidly changing environments across their career spans
Our graduates will have well-developed written and oral communication skills, including listening deeply and receiving, interpreting and transmitting complex information, on many levels of awareness with colleagues, clients and the community
Holistic awareness
Our graduates will have an in-depth understanding of how the physical body, the psyche and mind/ spirit/self are in constant interaction and relationship with each other and with the environment
Our graduates will have a highly developed understanding of their work roles and responsibilities and uphold a high level of professional conduct in their work
Ethical practice and integrity
Our graduates will demonstrate high ethical standards in their work and follow professional Codes of Ethics to do good (beneficence) and avoid harm (maleficence)
Our graduates will have advanced skills in collaborating respectfully with colleagues, teams and clients to enhance productive outcomes and manage conflict skilfully
Available In Courses

Available In Courses

This unit is available in the following courses:

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