his course focuses on two important concepts in grief counseling which are not mainstream. The first is a kind of grief, which is not caused by physical death, but grief that is caused by a psychological absence. Psychological absence can cause grief like physical death and often more painful to adapt to and cope with it. First step is to identify the psychological absence, then identify its effects, then possible treatments. The second is a kind of therapy. This important concept to learn about in this course is the practice of Cognitive Grief Psychotherapy. Cognitive Therapy is based on changing dysfunctional thinking and emotions. Assessment, interventions, and complications in the bereavement processes are studied using the cognitive model of therapy. Finally, this course touches on the difficulties and challenges that cognitive therapists often face.
Course Code: GC 682.
Contact hours of continuing education = 50.
Instructor/Course Author: R. Hope Ishak, Ph.D, MS, BE
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TEXTBOOKS: There are two(2) required textbooks for this course.
Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief by Pauline Boss. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-01738-2
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Cognitive Grief Therapy: Constructing a Rational Meaning to Life Following Loss by Ruth Malkinson. Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-0-393-70439-6. ISBN-10: 0-393-70439-4
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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this course. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course 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 course 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 50 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 AIHCP and will be permitted one more attempt to retake the online examination.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board, Provider # 4637. Access information
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 50 Contact Hours.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida State Board of Nursing Provider # 50-11975.
OTHER STATE BOARDS OF NURSING
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Kentucky Board of Nursing CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
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ONLINE CLASSROOM RESOURCES AND TOOLS
- 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:
- To identify, assess, and counsel about other types of grief
- To identify, assess, and counsel about unresolved grief
- To learn to ride the ups and downs of ambiguous grief
- To learn to live with the ambiguities
- To learn about Cognitive Grief Therapy for complicated grief
- To learn about complications in bereavement
- To understand the ABC and REBT models in Cognitive-Psychotherapy
- To learn about assessment and intervention in Cognitive Grief Therapy
- To learn about difficulties and challenges for Cognitive grief therapists
A brief abstract of content:
- About frozen grief (Boss)
- Normative death and psychological absence (Boss)
- Goodbye without leaving (Boss)
- Ups and downs (Boss)
- The family gamble (Boss)
- Insight gained experientially versus cognitively (Boss)
- The turning point (Boss)
- Leaving without goodbye (Boss)
- Making sense out of ambiguity (Boss)
- Foundations of Cognitive Grief Therapy (Malkinson)
- The two-track model of bereavement: A balance model (Malkinson)
- Grief and bereavement cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (Malkinson)
- The cognitive model of bereavement (Malkinson)
- The model of REBT and the ABC model of psychotherapy (Malkinson)
- Assessment and interventions in the practice of cognitive grief therapy (Malkinson)
- A case study in the construction of a new meaning to life (Malkinson)
- Complications in the normal course of bereavement (Malkinson)
- Cognitive intervention with complicated grief (Malkinson)
- Cognitive grief therapy with couples grieving over the loss of a child (Malkinson)
- Cognitive grief therapy with families (Malkinson)
- Difficulties and challenges for therapists (Malkinson)