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GC 685 Counseling Hispanics Through Loss Information


This comprehensive CE course explores the multiple losses Hispanics may face living in the United States.  Students will learn about different losses such as the loss of a loved one, homeland, traditions, and/or language.  This course provides tools to approach these losses in an empowering manner, offering different approaches and case stories.

Course Code: GC 685.

Contact hours of continuing education = 35.

Prerequisites: designed for health care professionals and particularly designed as a continuing education course for those certified grief counselors seeking continuing education for re-certification.

Instructor/Course Author: LIgia M. Houben, MA, FT, FAAGC, CPC

Link to Resume: Resume

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Houben, Ligia M. Counseling Hispanics Through Loss, Grief & Bereavement. A Guide to Mental Health Professionals.  Springer Publishing, 2011. ISBN-13: 9780826125552

You may order the textbook directly from the author: Click Here

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.

GRADINGYou must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 35 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.

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 35 Contact Hours. Access information

Course Refund & AIHCP Policies: access here


  • 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:

  • Understand the multiple losses Hispanics experience as immigrants
  • Explore the values and traditions of the Hispanic culture.
  • Discuss the role family has in the grieving process.
  • Discuss the role religion has in the grieving process.
  • Understand the different sub-groups and their losses
  • Discuss different psychological approaches to work with this population
  • Identify and discuss emotions experienced in coping with loss.


A brief abstract of content:

  • The sociocultural aspects of Hispanic Culture
  • Counseling and cultural sensitivity
  • Exploring a Culture: Hispanics and their heritage
  • Sociocultural Perspectives on Hispanics
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Hispanics and Loss and Grief
  • Hispanics Health Care,Illness, and End of Life
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • Grief Counseling: Different Perspectives
  • Different Perspectives Through Various Counseling Techniques
  • Hispanic Immigrants: Are they all the same?
  • Assessing your Understanding of Hispanics

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