WEL409 Grief and Loss (8)


This subject prepares the student for working with clients through the processes of loss and grief, genetic problems, neonatal fatality, inadvisability of procreation, etc. Issues related to preparing a family for the management of a child with high care needs will be addressed theoretically and with practical experience. The preparation of adolescents and young adults for making decisions on behavioural choices, use of screening and determination of risk will also be explored.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: WEL409
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Students must be enrolled in one of the following: Post Graduate Diploma of Genetic Counselling Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) Master of Genetic Counselling (proposed) Master of Human Services Practice Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate their understanding of normal human reaction when confronted with loss
- be able to demonstrate their understanding of useful counselling techniques and strategies for a variety of age groups and perceived losses
- be able to demonstrate their understanding of skills for working with people who have to make hard decisions in brief time scales usually in time of stress
- be able to facilitate family adaptation to loss and disability
- be able to provide client centred counselling, crisis intervention, bereavement counselling and psychosocial support using a range of counseling techniques.
- be able to communicate the methods and limitations of genetic testing to health service professionals and clients singularly and in groups eg., support groups
- be able to further develop self-awareness and critical assessment of personal strengths and learning challenges that enhance or interfere with providing effective psychosocial counselling


The subject will cover the following topics:
Loss and its meaning. Grief and bereavement. Crisis intervention. Bereavement counselling. Counsellor behaviours - effective and ineffective use of information. Counselling for hard decisions: short time frames, family augmentation, screening. Effective referral, advocacy and use of community networks. Working with younger family members.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.