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FN 190 Psychosocial Aspects Of Grief, Death & Dying


This online CE course providers learners with a comprehensive study of the multiple aspects of psychosocial and cultural issues related to death, dying and grieving. Students will study multiple cultures and their norms related to beliefs about death, dying, the afterlife, mourning rituals and culturally determined practices and services related to memorializing the deceased and issues related to grief and bereavement. Students will study the psychology of dying, psychosocial functions of funerals, responses to contemporary funeral practices and after care of the bereaved and multidisciplinary support systems. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 30 hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: FN 190.

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a Certified Funeral Service Associate by the American Institute of Funeral Service Associates. You must have successfully completed our CEU course GC 400: Death, Dying and Mourning, before taking this course.

Instructor/Course Author: Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA,RN-BC, ANP-BC, GC-C
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TEXTBOOKThere is one (1) required textbook for this course.

The Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying. By: John D. Canine. Stamford;Appleton and Lange Publishers;1996. ISBN # 083858098X

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the four (4) courses in the Grief Counseling continuing education program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 30 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the American Academy of Grief Counseling and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 30 Contact Hours. Access information

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* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1). Prepare health care professionals, behavioral health specialists and lay persons to practice professionally in the area of Thanatology and Grief Counseling and Bereavement Education, with sufficient knowledge for practice at a standard required by the current job and consumer market.

2). Prepare graduates to practice in a variety of practice settings such as clinics, delivery systems, organizations, funeral homes, hospices, religious organizations, outpatient counseling centers, etc.

3). Gain the knowledge and skills required to seek new opportunities related to Thanatology and Grief Counseling practice.

4). Understand and practice professionally with regards to high ethics and adherence to established standards of practice.

5). Assist in the review process for taking related certification and other credentialing examinations.

6). Prepare for practice various types of alternative health care settings.

7). Prepare graduates to practice at an intermediate to advanced level of practice.

8). Assist graduates in developing their own marketing plans for career and business growth, related to these practice specialties.

9). Provide graduates with a college level credential for this practice specialty.

10). Provide a means for health care and behavioral health practitioners to compliment their current practices by the added knowledge and skill of thanatology and grief counseling, and bereavement education.



A brief abstract of content:

1). Death: Awareness and Anxiety.
2). Cultural Attitudes toward Death.
3). Processing the Death of a Loved One.
4). The Psychology of Dying.
5). Social Responses to Various Types of Death.
6). System Coordination Approach for the Dying Patient.
7). Legal Implications for the Dying Patient and the Family.
8). Understanding the Basic Tasks of Grief.
9). Circumstantial Factors Influencing Grief.
10). Comparing and Contrasting Reactions to Loss.
11). Manifestations of Grief.
12). Why Some People do not Grieve.
13). Therapeutic Strategies for the Bereaved.
14). Psychosocial Functions of Funerals.
15). The Family: Grief Characteristics & Conflicts.
16). Children: Making Sense of Separation and Loss.
17). A Response to Contemporary Funeral Practices.
18). Rationale for a Multidisciplinary Support System.
19). Counseling Techniques for Helping the Bereaved.
20). Models of Bereavement Aftercare.
21). Contemporary Issues Influencing Bereavement Aftercare