The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.
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At this time I have completed two of the four required courses for the Grief Counseling Certification. The course materials and testing content are comprehensive and easy to follow for any medical professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and practice. Keep your learning style in mind if you intend to complete the certification. Self-paced learners looking to read and absorb the material and apply it through examination on their own time will love the course setup. If you prefer a guided learning style where a moderator or instructor reviews the material you will want to use the Facebook Group or Discussion Board option to coordinate with others on the material. The course moderator does check in through email to offer help as you work through the course. Overall the materials for the course and free resources available on the AIHCP website are phenomenal! Thank you to all who work hard to make the courses available and check in on those of us taking your courses!
Rachel Dawson, LMHC
This is not the first class I have taken with AIHCP, but it’s the most complete and advanced I have ever taken.
The material and the time to work to complete and answer my test were perfect; I have many responsibilities, and doing the work on my own time was excellent.
I took other courses, and this course is complete and right up there with a college education.
Pastor Olga Flores
AIHCP Grief Counselling course is a must for anyone interested in practicing Grief Counselling. The information is comprehensive, developmental, insightful and practical
Prof. Edward Clarke
AIHCP has been my go-to source for enhancing and extending my knowledge as a Bereavement Coordinator in the field of Healthcare. The courses I have enrolled in thus far have been invaluable in my professional pursuits.
I would absolutely recommend this program to my colleagues and have every intention of doing so. It was self-directed yet the staff at AIHCP were consistently available and timely with their responses to my inquiries. As a clinician in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation realm, grief and loss is a global issue. The materials reviewed were vital in helping me not only assist my patients with facing their grief now that they are sober but the grief that stems from being a member of the recovery community due to the unfortunate inevitability of loss they experience from their peers. In addition, using the techniques and viewpoints covered in these courses has helped me to assist my patients grieve the loss of parts of their identity, their drugs of choice, and versions of themselves they’re trying to move on from. The content was tremendously helpful in seeing addiction as not only an adversity that can be treated and managed but also one riddled with themes of grief that deserve to be addressed formally.
Natasha Davalt, LCADC, MFT, GC-C
Clear Directions Recovery Centers
I’ve been a licensed RN for many years now and used different CE providers throughout my career. AIHCP just raised the bar for me, this being my first CE course from them (CM 500 – Case Management: Theory and Process I). The coverage of the subject matter, the ease of registration, and the overall learning/ knowledge I gained from this course absolutely surpassed my expectations and I definitely recommend the course to anyone considering it! I look forward to exploring more of the varied courses being offered here and I know they will help elevate my career and confidence in what I do, and will equip me to better serve my patients and their families!
Abby DeLuna, RN
I have been a student at The American Institute Of Health Care Professionals since 2013. I received my certification as a Christian Grief Counselor in 2015 and just completed my second recertification. Every course I have taken has been exceptional and has allowed me to combine more than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse and over four decades as an ordained minister together with my skills as a Christian grief counselor. When I started my journey in 2013 I was still struggling with the unexpected death of my husband who had gone to be with the Lord nearly 7 years prior. We were married 35 years. While I continued to manage my family, work, and ministry I still needed help to move on in some areas. I became my own first success story. Now I recommend AIHCP every chance I get. The skills and knowledge I have acquired has been invaluable in my work as a counselor in healing marriages, working with the bereaved, addicted
individuals and their family, and suicide survivor families. My ability to help people through crisis in so many situations in their lives and at the same time help them to strengthen their relationship with or come to know Christ is so absolutely rewarding for me.
My advisor has been the same since I first started. Amazing! Mr. Moran has always been available and quick to respond. Thank you AIHCP.
Selma S Harris, DMin., BRE, GCC-C
AIHCP has been great! The course material is very relevant to my work and has allowed me to implement things that I have learned in the field. My approaches to families have changed due to the knowledge that I have gained and the course material has helped me to excel in my job. I would absolutely refer other professionals to the program. The material is very in-depth and provides different perspectives that professionals can use to improve in certain areas of their positions.
Though I’ve gone through several meditation and mindfulness related teacher training programs this is the only one which specifically focused upon a Western Health Care perspective. Such information has been a central building block for creating my Mindfulness, Meditation, and Psychological Health class taught at a liberal arts college psychology department. it also assisted with scientific underpinnings for my doctoral research on the use of meditation for healing purposes.
I immensely enjoyed the course. It opened my understanding of the grief process. In addition, it helped me through some things I have been dealing with concerning my mother’s death 11 years ago. Certain sections described what I have been going thru, and it opened the door for my understanding. I found some peace concerning my troubled areas. This was a great course. The book was well written and progressed delicately through difficult conversations about death. I cannot wait for my second course.
Dr. B. A. Dorsey, Pastor
Having a varied work background (social service CM, nursing, corporate medical) and credentials, this program allowed me the opportunity to gain knowledge with the ability to follow my passions, as well as benefit my licensing needs. It’s a win-win situation! As I look to progress further with my nursing education and licensing, having the Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification allows me a unique niche I am looking for. This program is well organized. The staff are amazing! They have provided support the whole time and being distance learning, made me feel I WAS not alone. Communications, responses, feedback were all thoughtful and immediate. Administration needs were on cue and you could tell the team worked in simpatico with each other. No delays. Very important in my opinion with online distance learning. They were all on the same page. The material chosen were appropriate to the learning methodology of my field/certification of interest. I would definitely recommend AIHCP to colleagues and others wanting to expand their career specialties and interests. Highly recommend!
J.Sturgeon, BA, LVN, CH-C – California
These courses have gravely opened up my knowledge regarding Case management. As I am a Newbie at this these course has definitely given me a plethora of knowledge to feed off of. It’s so enlightening and with the self pace study I don’t feel rushed therefore, I have been able to take my time and soak in the knowledge and take notes at my leisure. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is just beginning their journey in case management it is definitely worth its cost.
Crisis Intervention Counseling
It has been a privilege and an honor to complete my Crisis Intervention Counseling certification through American Institute of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP). This high quality program provided me with a variety of courses. The courses were challenging at times, but has definitely sharpened my professional skills and abilities. These newly acquired skills has enabled me to help clients more effectively and provide a better quality of care. The textbooks and course material provided pertinent information to crisis interventions and crisis counseling. I even keep the textbooks and other material in my office as references. I am thankful for the knowledge gained here at AIHCP. I am proud to be an elite member of AIHCP and highly recommend the Crisis Intervention Counseling certification.
NaTasha Hammock M. Psych., CIS
I enrolled in the Grief Counseling Certificate Program to enhance my services as an associate chaplain and minister of the gospel and to help others to better understand what the grieving process is about. All of the information covered in the courses provided me with the knowledge, skills and confidence I need to counsel and assist others in their grief journey. The text books and tests were all encompassing and covered all aspects of grief as it pertains to the different types of losses. I learned so many interesting things that I was able to put to the test in my own grieving process from the loss of my son. As a result of my enrollment and completion of this program I am very excited about starting my own Grief Counseling Business and Facebook Page called “Good Gift of Grief” to share with others what I learned.
Minister Terri T. Reeves, Virginia
This program course should be taken by anyone who wants to work for and with people. No one will escape grief. Every professional need to know how to provide service with everyone who is grieving, especially those who are a different culture. We can say some pretty dumb stuff to people who are grieving, and it is not because we are incentive, most of the time we just don’t know what to say. I encourage this class for counseling, ministry, hospice care, nurses.
This AIHCP’s course on pastoral thanatology is at the heart beat of hospital or hospice chaplain ministry, this course was recommended to me by my sister who supported and encouraged me all the way to the end. For me this course has opened my eyes to what indeed the dying and bereaved go through during the process, the experience is an encounter that has transformed me and re-molded my mindset by the depth of insight I gained, it has increase my capacity and capability of delivering care with deeper empathy to the dying and bereaved, the choice of the resource materials for this course show- cased the depth of the author’s knowledge of the subject matter, this course is free of bias and well focused, it was academically structured and engaging, highly researched and strategically presented. It has helped me to create a platform to interface with different religious world view without bias as one that gives care to the dying and the bereaved. I am grateful for this life time opportunity, words cannot fully explain the impact of this course on my person and carrier, the encounter and experience is transformative, the result of this experience is transgenerational because I got imparted and impacted. I am very grateful to the author of these courses AIHCP CE PT 400 to 500 thanks for the good work.
AHICP is superb. The courses are diverse which is key in furthering one’s knowledge and education. I dabbled in a few familiar subjects and explored a few that were new to me. The overall process with AHICP is relatively easy to navigate. Mark Moran is extremely helpful, easy to reach, & guided me every step of the way! The team overall is fantastic. Thank you for a great experience.
Dr. Kimberly Nilsson
Obtaining my Certification in Grief Counseling was a great experience. It enhanced my knowledge and will be useful to my work in bereavement.
I completed a Certification in Grief Counselling at AIHCP. I found these courses to be extremely helpful and educational.
The structure of the classes were designed in way that was easy to follow comprehend and complete. The text books were filled with great referrals and references. including political and socioeconomic issues. I have gained a wealth of knowledge that I can share with my Associate Pastors and grieving families. I would definitely refer this program to other professionals.
I attained a great insight of the “funeral process” from start to finished. I am extremely happy that I took these courses.
The staff was great assisting me with all my questions. It was a great learning experience for me. Although, it was self taught and Self pace it was well worth my investment.
Angela U Carter
After many years of working as as RN in correctional healthcare, mental health, and as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner, I was interested in obtaining a certification in forensic nursing. The AIHCP Forensic Nurse Specialist Certification was recommended to me by another forensic nurse, and after reviewing the curriculum and speaking with the staff of the organization, I knew this was the right course for me. The course was extremely well developed, advanced my personal and professional knowledge of forensic nursing theory and clinical application, and has served as a gateway to many new opportunities as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Based on my personal experience with AIHCP, I highly recommend their programs to further your practice and advance your knowledge and growth in whatever specialty area you seek.
Robert Allen Malaer
I was hesitant to sign up for online classes as I’m not from this technology generation. However, I’m so glad I did.
My courses were on ‘Pet Loss Grief Support’ . After two of my three adopted dogs, Mikie and Harley passed away I wanted to dedicate this in honor of how much they brought into my life. This was the best decision I had as it helped me gain knowledge for my own grief and ways on how to help others.
The education courses where targeted to the specific topic ‘pet loss’ . It wasn’t anything like what I’ve learned in graduate school to be a psychotherapist. I highly recommend it for any health care professional who wants to add knowledge to their profession.
I would like to let you know once you sign up, you will be supported by the professors, and Mark Moran the Assistant Executive Director.
If you want to have a really good experience while gaining knowledge, don’t hesitate sign up to the American Institute of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP).
AB Illinois LCPC
The courses and readings were very interesting and I was appreciative that it was self paced. The staff checked in to my progress and answered questions when I got stuck on the exam. I would refer others to this program to get more knowledge and certification.
Gabrielle Dworkin, LMHC RI & MA, RPT, GC-C
Hi, I’m Miami Knight inspirational survivor of loss, Mastering Spiritual Healing Coach, speaker, and author. I’m the Founder of a holistic wellness community where I implement solutions to inspire, educate, and transform lives through grief awareness.
I achieved my certification through AICHP in Grief Counseling to include my master of arts through a comprehensive degree program for Grief Counseling. With this certification, I’ve built a training system, to coach conscious grievers through their bereavement and mourning period─ helping them to adapt through various life-altering challenges.
With the framework and tools from this training, I am credentialed and dedicated to mentoring my clients to explore the root causes of avoidances and emotional blockages. As they become self-aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to manifest their lifelong desires, dreams, and goals.
Thanks to AIHCP, I am proud to be a part of a network for health care professionals providing services that help change lives.
Miami Knight, MA, CG-C, CGS
Health Care Life Coach
This was a great course overall, for my own personal self and experience, as well as my career goals. The course was totally doable in your own time, without pressure. I found it easy to complete, affordable and I learned a lot about things I thought I knew and things I didn’t know enough about to better myself and career. The study texts were well written and easy to follow and I really liked the way the exams were set up to print out and do as you followed along in the texts. Most of the time everything went in complete order and you didn’t have to go back and forth searching for the answers, it flowed very well, which made completing the exams very easy. There were couple questions that I asked to be reviewed, but for the most part everything was right there, ver batum. I would recommend this course to anyone one wanting to expand their knowledge in the healthcare field or just for their own personal gain. I really liked the way it incorporated many different aspects of coaching, including the spiritual side, which in my opinion is an extremely important piece of the puzzle.
Tracey Ann Domingue, MPH, MS, RDH, CHES.
Health Care Life Coach
I recently completed AIHCP’s Health Care Life Coach curriculum and found it to be applicable not only for life coaching, but also to my development and improved relationships with friends, family, and my patients. It really taught me a way of thinking and approaching things that I wish I had learned in college and medical school. I think a program like this can only lead to the betterment of an individual and those around them.
I feel this curriculum is worthwhile to incorporate regularly in many professions. I have already spoken highly about this program to my colleagues and seemed to spark their interest in this as well. I am really happy I chose to embark on this path.
I picked AIHCP to pursue my Grief Counseling certification because options also include Pet-Loss Grief Support, which I specifically sought. I enjoyed courses from both programs that covered thorough info from the textbooks, and some courses also included supplementary materials: studies, slides, and videos. I like the convenience of our classes being self-paced to fit around our schedules, plus I appreciate the promptness and punctuality of email inquiry replies and course access after registration, which have taken 1 business day or less, and continuing education certificates typically have been issued within 2-3 business days. I highly value the accredited programs and courses thereof offered by the AAGC and look forward to putting my certificates to good use by helping fellow grievers. I already had been looking ahead for other certificates and courses to get re-certified in the course menu plus have considered proposing new courses and certificates through AIHCP/AAGC.
Elaine J. Dispo-Rendón, Ph.D., GC-C, PGSS-C
I received my Grief and Loss certification through AIHCP. I took the courses because I am a hospital chaplain and wanted to be better able to minister to the patients and their families. However, after the invasion of covid and loosing coworkers at my fulltime job as a Program Coordinator, I was able to do a class at the agency for my coworkers who were grieving personal losses as well as the loss of coworkers. I will also be starting a Grief and Loss workshop through my church to minister to the members and the surrounding community. There are so many avenues where this certification is beneficial, and I am just happy that I have the qualifications to meet the need. I am entering retirement and plan to offer Grief and Loss classes to different senior facilities in my area.
As a member of a chaplain information and support group on Facebook, I interact with other chaplains a lot. Just this week one of the members asked if we knew of a place to get certification in grief and loss as her hospice care facility was beginning to require it. I gladly recommended AIHCP to her and have done so at other times in the past.
I recently earned my doctorate and my knowledge for the lessons learned through the Grief and Loss certification process helped me to do my doctoral project and to defend my work.
Lucille Harrison Anderson, DMin.
Christian Spiritual Counseling
For almost eight years, I worked as a psychologist with street children in Manila, Philippines, and three years as kindergarten teacher in Hong Kong. When I married my husband in US, I focused my life, for the last twenty years, managing the household including home schooling my four wonderful children. Now that three of my children are graduated from high school, the Lord put in my heart the desire to counsel others. I decided to find a counselor job and as I was browsing the ads for the position, one particular organization requires that a counseling certification must be from AIHCP. I hurriedly looked up AIHCP online and I was delighted to see all the certification programs they are offering. I wasted no time and enrolled in SC 570- Christian Counseling. The Lord has planned it all for me to be a part of this great institution and equipped to counsel others in a “disciplined and skilled way” for His glory. Evidence-based counseling approaches matter and so are empathy, commitment, warmth and genuine care: qualities that counselors must possess to bring about lasting change in the client, with God’s help. In depth knowledge of the causes and effects of humankind’s problems and crises and knowing how to guide the client each step of the way to solve it, is counseling in a skillful way. Abiding by the Counseling Code of Ethics guides the counselor to work hand in hand with other professionals and the client in a disciplined way. Enrolling in the course empowered me and I highly recommend it. Thank you, Mr. Moran, for your support and the helpful books you required for this course. Glory to God.
Christian Spiritual Counseling
I happen to stumble on AIHCP online certification programs because I was searching for a certified counseling program that was creditable but would give me the flexible study time I needed as a full-time professional. As I browse through the certification courses on offer, I got just what I wanted– Spiritual Christian Counseling. After doing background checks, I went headlong. I am happy to report that I could not have made a better choice. The courses were thorough and felt I was grasping the concept to satisfaction. The faculty were knowledgeable and relatable. I can honestly state that information I learned from AIHCP has improved my understanding of clients’ life issues and aided me in helping clients address their challenges. My clients tell me how much they have benefited from our sessions. AIHCP has truly changed my career and professional outcome.
Dr. Caius Alfred, DMin, MAPTH, LPC, SCC-C. Director of Family Ministries, St. Lucia Mission of SDA, Castries St. Lucia
I have been waiting a long time to get into AIHCP. I found your program and certification years ago. When I visited your website it was user friendly it helped me get information about getting a certification in grief counseling. The site provided the different programs and options to pursue. I am happy to see that I am using my GC-C certification and it was the best thing I have ever done and I am so happy with the many opportunities that have been open with getting my certification through AIHCP. AIHCP was listed as one of the certifications the Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes there are many other certification programs but many are not recognize.
AIHCP is quality and meet and standards for the federal government clinicians.
Krystal J Kemp, MSW, LSCSW, CTTS, GC-C
My husband and I both saw a need in our area for professional grief counseling, as both he and I had suffered the death of a spouse many years ago. We are both semi-retired, and believing in the value of continuing education, we decided to take the courses together. It was a great learning experience for us, and upon completion, we felt we were better equipped to help grieving people navigate the pain, loneliness, upheaval, and instability that the death of a loved one brings. We are involved with a program called GriefShare that is offered free of charge through the church. We both appreciated being able to complete the grief counseling courses at our own pace and are thankful for this good program.
Dianne Watterson, RDH, MBA, GC-C
I would recommend ( AIHCP) to any beginning professional who would like to advance their career in the many fields offered.
It was a true blessing for me to have been accepted in the training program.
The books are filled with high end educational information that can easily take you to the next level of your profession of choice.
Christopher M. Hayles Certified Grief Counselor
I am a D.Min., metaphysical practitioner, Spiritual Counselor – the latter certified at AIHCP. Then I went on to get the certifications in Stress Management, Pastoral Thanatology and am now working on Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling. After that I expect to work on the Meditation Instructor certification. I have greatly enjoyed all courses and am a life-long leaner. My personal life and those of my clients with trauma have benefitted immensely from these studies.
Réa Kironn, D. Min.
Waken Your Spirit
Substance Abuse Practitioner
It is a great privilege to share my testimony as a certified substance abuse practitioner (CSAP) at this excellent institute. Also, a great experience that was highly insightful and packed with knowledge and resources I am proud of any day. The entire certification course was a top-notch course that helped me deal with challenges in a counseling job as a counselor. I thought of giving up on addiction counseling at one point, but the certification program rebuilt my hope. The program provided courses and resources around addiction counseling in substance abuse. The materials are great information needed for the exam and constant practice updates with the reflection of the frontier principle on the discipline. As a counselor with the state agency, the certification course elevated my entire professional standard. My success in this program made my practice as a counselor much more resourceful and positively impacted my resident. As a result, colleagues request to be part of the certification program to create a difference in their own lives as counselors. I am proud to be part of this excellent citadel of learning (American Institute of Health Care Professionals).
Julius O. Oshodi, BSc, MSc, CSAP Arkansas.
American Institute of Health Professionals certification courses are well organized and offers many diverse topics for certification. I recently received my first initials of use in the profession of grief and bereavement counseling. I have searched online and was able to research courses offered through their website, for me, they are of reasonable price. There is no limit to the number of courses you are allowed to take. I really enjoyed two courses in which I gained a lot of insight and currently utilize, Grief Therapy and Grief Counseling for Helping Professionals. These courses along with the book was very specific regarding what are realistic and basic knowledge one would gain while working in the professional field of Grief. I also like how the staff check in with me if they have not heard from you and answer calls immediately. I definitely have encouraged others to take certification courses through AIHP and I have signed up for additional courses. I definitely support this organization and what they have to offer.
Sylvia Grant, GC-C
With the assistance of AIHCP and their educational program, I was able to acquire my certification in hypnotherapy. Doing so allowed further education in deepening my knowledge even more. The materials were only pressing if one didn’t pay close attention to the provided materials, but for those deserving, the certification was there for the taking. Study hard and you shall have your just rewards.
As with any program, there are nuances you cannot find anywhere else, and AIHCP is no exception. With the driving force behind me, I started my company on my own website as well as Fiverr for a start. If you are considering getting a well-rounded start in your career, I cannot think of a better route to go. If you have any doubts, check out my website and see. I am a certified Habit Reformation Consultant.
In the field of sport and performance psychology, we seek to have the cognitive along with the kinesthetic. Constantly we are seeking new ways and applications to help our clients enhance their performance. I was blessed and fortunate to have studied hypnotherapy through the American College of Hypnotherapy and I am so pleased with the training. The training was self-paced and very beneficial for what I was looking for. I was able to apply the hypnosis training perfectly into my sport and performance psychology practice. I would recommend the training to anyone seeking to gain another cognitive tool to effectively help the clients you serve.
Dr. Ed Garrett
Stress Management Consulting
When this journey began, I had no idea this would be one of the most blessed experiences of my life. The content of the material was so engaging along with assigned videos for that one-on-one connection.
I believe the course SM 560 “Meditation” was the first to bring that dynamic of “Peace” and “Tranquility”. After this study, I would conclude that “mediation” is universal, in that anyone can participate. The reach for peace and calm has become a priority in my life. I can testify from first hand experience the turmoil of unhealthy stress. This course was the initiator that “relax” is the target.
In studying through these courses, it gave me a “peace of mind” in knowing that others have dedicated their time to help others in this area. Studying through these courses I also was in a state of relax and peace of mind.
The course that touched me the most was SM 580 “Post-Traumatic Stress”. Just prior to taking this course one of our ministers, a friend, a beacon in the community at the age of 42-passed away. They were diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress. I could not help but, engage intensely with the material wanting to learn all I could. It was this course that gave me that permanency in heart never to ignore signs and soak in the knowledge flowing from this study.
I too appreciate the availability of the staff and professors. Once I registered for a course the professors reached out immediately to make sure if I needed any assistance, making me aware of their availability. The follow-up that continued was consistent. If I got delayed in a course there was no delay from the professors touching-base with me.
Mark Moran especially, has been so helpful in guiding me through processes and always being available for my questions with immediate responses. Thank you for being there for these 2-years to help me through.
As clergy and having my Bachelors in Psychology this certification has helped me already with my counseling of married couples, those experiencing grief and loss and with ministry work in general. Stress is such a reality of life but, it was made clear in these studies that all stress is not bad stress yet, we must know the difference.
I know that I am so much more well equipped to move forward in my areas of expertise with this added knowledge to help others through stressful situations. Help that will free them mentally, physically and spiritually to move forward making healthy progress through difficult times for a healthier, happier and more peaceful life of daily living.
I encourage current participants and those who are wondering if this course would be beneficial to you. I would say you can’t go wrong with this course and you can get through this course. AICHP through the staff, blogs and Facebook post, the support and encouragement is available to you.
Stress Less is Best!!
Substance Abuse Practitioner
I thought the entire program was very good. I learned an incredible amount of information at my own pace. I enjoyed the learning process and would highly recommend this certification program.
Deanna L. Benjamin, MSN, AGACNP-BC
Although I have almost 30 years of hospice experience both as a nurse and as a certified hospice administrator, I was new to the roll of chaplain and bereavement coordinator. I was able to perform as chaplain as I have my degree in ministry and am an ordained minister. The hard part came as a bereavement coordinator. I felt uncomfortable and uneducated in my role. I needed help fast!! When I came across AIHCP it looked like just the program I needed.
I took the certification courses on bereavement. They were extremely helpful, and I was able to put the ideas into practice right away. My bereavement letters were all redone and my conversations with bereaved family members were meaningful and heartfelt. I was no longer just calling to “check on how you are doing.” I could ask them personal questions about their grief and walk with them on this difficult journey.
On a personal note, the children’s portion was beneficial. My daughter lost her husband to cancer two years ago. They have two young boys ages 8 and 10 at the time of his death. Studying how children grieve allowed me to talk to my daughter and grandsons on a whole different level. My grandsons displayed all of the grief behaviors I was studying. As I understand from the study, children continue to grieve at each new stage in their life. Right now, both boys are doing well, and we have seen the behaviors dissipate. They continue to benefit from their bereavement group and are doing great in school again. Because of this training I can watch for identifying markers of grief as they continue to grow.
I am so very thankful that I took this course and would highly recommend it for anyone providing grief counseling.
Diane Kazala RN, CHPCA, Chaplain
Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling
Greetings current, former and perspective students of AIHCP. It is an honor to provide you a testimony of my Certification experience. As a Nephrology Social Worker, I was providing grief counseling to our patients. Being on dialysis comes with many losses and grieving. I decided I needed some formal education regarding grief counseling. I found AIHCP during my search and was very impressed with the plethora of courses and certification programs they offered. After completing the Grief Counseling courses, I applied for my certification. The process was easy. All of my course information was already in their files. I just provided the additional supporting information and paid the fee. Shortly thereafter, I received a very professional Certification Certificate, and other documents, via US mail. I was impressed with the ID card I now carry in my wallet. Now I have a Certification on the wall in my office that affords me the professional courtesy I deserve as a Grief Counselor – Certified. I also took the courses and received a Certification as a Child and Adolescence Grief Counselor (GCCA-C). Once you see where you can go with professional certifications you realize that the sky has no limits. I am currently taking courses to achieve a Certification as a Loss of Pet Grief Counselor. I truly believe that adding a Certification, from any of the many disciplines offered, to your resume will increase your marketing potential. I have always received support from the professor and other staff as they would check in on my progress and offer assistance if needed. If you take the courses you owe it to yourself to take the next step and become CERTIFIED. Thank You and good luck with your studies.
Kimberly Morgan, LCSW, CGSW, GC-C, GCCA-C (Maryland)
Substance Abuse Practitioner
The Substance Abuse professional course addresses critical issues related to drugs from a multidisciplinary, health and human rights-based approach. Throughout the course you will cover a range of questions including scientifically based information in this is presented in a manner that makes it accessible and relevant to behavioral health service clinicians and other frontline SUD treatment providers, including clear direction guidelines for all healthcare service provide. In my opinion the course will define effective, clinically-proven treatment principles and the importance of providing an individualized, multi-faceted approach to treatment and continuum of care. I learn how the process of change can contribute to interrupting the addiction cycle and achieving recovery. The course will review the four dimensions and ten guiding principles of recovery and provide an understanding of relapse the stages of relapse, and relapse prevention. Finally, the course will provide a guide to locating trusted resources and support, strong understanding of the major health issues related to drug use, ethical, cultural perspective and resources available in the community to help our clients at your local or regional level.
I have been a music therapist for nearly 40 years. The last 20 years has been working in Hospital Palliative Care and also Hospice Care. My personal life & hospice work has also allowed me to expand as a bereavement counselor. My work is again expanding into teaching our new hospice volunteers. I received my Grief Counselor Certification through AICHP. This program has been perfect for me as it acknowledges my prior Master’s work in Counseling. I am able to choose from a wide array of courses to learn more about grief therapy work. The courses have enhanced my understanding of the complexity of many kinds of grief. The courses offer different tools and techniques to enhance my own style of working. I feel more confident and also to be able to more effectively teach hospice volunteers how to approach their journeys with our patients. I appreciate that this program continues to bring new courses for the many health care professionals who need certification while engaged in full time work.
Paula Marie Jones, M.A. Psychology & Music Therapy
I have been certified in Grief Counseling with AIHCP since 2014. I have benefitted as a grief support counselor from the learning that I have been offered from these on-line courses. As a Christian minister, I encounter various types and levels of grief. The certification program has equipped me to be to identify and address various dynamics in the grief experience to help persons who are walking the journey of change, transition, and loss. I recommend this program to clergy, clinical chaplains, and other caregivers as a resource to help increase competency in addressing persons facing the issues brought on by grief.
Robert E. Burnett, D.Min., Ph.D., GC-C