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Grief Counseling Fellowship

Fellowship Program in Grief Counseling

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“Dedicated to Continued Learning, Growth, and Achievement in Health Care Practice”

The American Academy of Grief Counseling offers a Fellowship program for qualified professionals who have already gained certification in AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certificate Program.

A conferred Fellowship is considered by many professional organizations to exemplify a high level of attainment and validation of one’s education, knowledge and skills in a practice specialty. Fellowship is a conferred status provided to those who meet comprehensive criteria for specialty practice through testing, education and practice. Webster’s II dictionary defines a “Fellow” as a learned member of a learned society. The AAGC Fellowship program provides for this validation within a peer group of professionals. Fellowship in the AAGC denotes this high level validation and achievement.

Education Program Leading to Fellowship

The American Academy of Grief Counseling offers a full continuing education program of courses for 255 hours of continuing education. Successful completion of this 255 hour program qualifies one for Fellowship in the Academy. Access Program Information.

The objectives of the AAGC are:

  • Provide high quality programs of Certification and Fellowship for professionals practicing grief/bereavement counseling.
  • Develop and support high standards of education and practice requirements for the attainment of certification, fellowship status, and re-certification.
  • Provide a mechanism for the ongoing involvement of a peer advisory board of qualified professionals to oversee program development and requirements for certification and fellowship in the AAGC.
  • Provide society with a mechanism to ascertain the appropriate education, skills, knowledge and experience required by professionals who offer such services.
  • Establish quality standards and requirements for the re-certification and re-fellowship of its credentialed members, attesting to ongoing education and skill attainment in the practice specialty of grief/bereavement counseling.
  • Provide a comprehensive program of approvals for continuing education, seminars, offerings, independent study, and other related educational activities, to ensure high quality standards are met and that such programs are of value to professionals practicing grief and bereavement counseling.

Eligibility to Achieve Fellowship Status in the American Academy of Grief Counseling:

Registrants must meet the following Pre-requisites:

  • Registrants must be currently Certified in Grief Counseling by the American Academy of Grief Counseling. Certified members may take the courses for Fellowship status at any time. Upon completion of the courses the Certified member may make application to advance to “Fellowship” status.

If you would like to find out if you meet the qualifications for this fellowship program. Please submit an Inquiry Form at the following link: Access Here.

Fellowship Status in The American Academy of Grief Counseling

Requires attainment of the following criteria:

  • Participants must complete the entire 255 contact hours of education to meet the continuing education requirements for advancement to Fellowship status in the Academy.
  • Participants are given two (2) years from the date of enrollment into the first course, to complete the entire program of seven (7) continuing education courses.
  • The cost of the Fellowship is $ 200.00, plus shipping and handling. Once you have achieved Fellowship in the American Academy of Grief Counseling, your Fellowship status remains as long as you maintain your Certification as a Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C) in the American Academy of Grief Counseling. There is no need to complete a recertification of your Fellowship apart from your GC-C recertification. There are no additional fees for Fellowship after the initial Fellowship application fee.
  • Participants must complete the entire 255 contact hours of education to meet the continuing education requirements for advancement to Fellowship status in the Academy.

Conferral of Fellowship Status in the AAGC

Fellowship status is conferred when the applicant has:

  • Successfully completed an approved continuing education curriculum.

Fellowship in the American Academy of Grief Counseling – Identification & Credentials

Those applicants who achieve Fellowship in the AAGC – shall be deemed a “Fellow” and may use the initials/credential “FAAGC”, after their names: “Fellow in the American Academy of Grief Counseling”

The Application for Fellowship in the AAGC may be found here: access here


All Fellowships are valid so long as the fellow remains a certified member with the AAGC.

The Certification Process

We have a dedicated page that provides a quick over-view of our certification process. It will provide you with good information about the process/phases of both the education courses and application for certification. Click here to access.


Fellows will receive a large size official Certificate attesting to conferred Fellow status, as well as an official letter of notification. The certificate is suitable for framing and details the official professional title, and time frames for fellowship. Wallet sized identification cards are also presented. Those re-certifying receive a new, updated certificate.

Standards & Code of Ethics

Once a candidate has been officially conferred Fellowship status in the AAGC, the Fellow will receive a handbook detailing a code of ethics.

Fee Schedule

The Fellowship fee for Grief Counselors is $200.00, plus shipping and handling. Payment in full is due at the time of application. If an applicant does not meet certification criteria, the application fee is refunded. A completed application must be submitted with full payment to be considered for certification. The application form is available Here.

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