COUN5211 Grief Counselling

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One Trimester

Level: 500 (2nd year)

Credit Points: 8 (out of a total 96)

Prerequisites: All year 1 units: COUN5131; COUN5141; COUN5151; COUN5161; COUN5171; COUN5831

Mode(s) of Delivery: On-Campus and Blended

Core/Elective: Core

Unit Description

This unit critically evaluates contemporary models of grief counselling. Students learn to identify and analyse client presentations of grief from physical, cognitive, behavioural, cultural, spiritual and philosophical perspectives, as well as demonstrate case conceptualisation and assessment when working with grief. Students develop and apply grief counselling skills and interventions to address a range of presenting issues. Grief associated with trauma and grief across the lifespan are addressed in the unit. Resilience and self-reflexivity are embedded within this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a) Review, interpret, integrate, synthesise and apply advanced contemporary models of grief counselling.

b) Critically analyse, evaluate and ethically apply information to complete a range of activities relating to grief across the lifespan.

c) Competently apply and transmit advanced knowledge to effectively demonstrate sophisticated levels of resilience and self-reflexivity, autonomy and adaptability when working with grief.

d) Demonstrate an advanced capacity to critically analyse, synthesise and communicate ideas at an advanced academic level, using contemporary communication approaches.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the Discipline of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.