MHP212 Healing Our Spirit: Grief, Loss and Yarning (8)

This subject provides an understanding of the historical issues that impact on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These issues have created significant grief, loss and trauma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and have been identified as major contributors to emotional and physical illness within these communities. The subject will examine the stages of loss and grief and explore and discuss the healing processes and the significance of healing for communities. The subject will also introduce students to the counselling processes and the theories and models used in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context.  Holistic health encompasses spirituality as well as the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of the individual and community. This subject has a compulsory Residential School.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP212. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define the terms associated with grief, loss and trauma through research and /or lived experiences;
  • be able to discuss the concepts of healing and analyse the experiences of loss, grief and trauma as factors contributing to the impairment of health and wellbeing;
  • be able to discuss the stages of the grieving process and its significance to healing;
  • be able to describe and reflect upon the impact of trans-generational grief on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • be able to describe the fundamental principles of the counselling process including confidentiality, ethics and legal issues;
  • be able to differentiate between an interview, counselling process and therapy;
  • be able to differentiate between different models of counselling through expression in role plays and various mediums.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The concepts of grief, loss and trauma
  • Stages of the grieving process
  • Effects of grief, loss and trauma
  • Appropriate healing models for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Theories and models of counselling
  • Counselling processes
  • Trans-generational grief

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.66 day Compulsory Residential School.

The students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program are supported in their study endeavours through DEEWR funding under Away from Base to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions (30 and 60). The following breakdown covers the number of days per subject per session/year to ensure that students are able to continue to be supported in their academic pursuits under the current funding agreement with the Indigenous Student Services (Ngungilanna).

Second Year
Session One                Session Two
MHP211 - 2 days          MHP211 - 2 days
MHP214 - 2.66 days     MHP209 - 2.66 days
MHP212 - 2.66 days     MHP216 - 2.66 days
MHP213 - 2.66 days     MHP213 - 2.66 days
Total 10 days                Total 10 days

Across session 30 and 60 a total of 20 days, this meets the requirements for student support to attend residential schools from ISS.

Special Resources

This subject has a residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.