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 (yarning) 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.


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

Session 2 (60)
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.
Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science - Mental Health.

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 explain 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 use the fundamental principles of the counselling (yarning) process including confidentiality, ethics and legal issues;
  • be able to identify the difference between an interview, counselling (yarning) process and therapy; and
  • be able to differentiate between different models of counselling through expression in role plays and various mediums.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1. The concepts of grief, loss and trauma;
  • Module 2. Stages of the grieving process;
  • Module 3. Effects of grief, loss and trauma;
  • Module 4. Appropriate healing models for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Module 5. Theories and models of counselling (yarning);
  • Module 6. Counselling (Yarning) Processes; and
  • Module 7. Trans-generational grief.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MHP212 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Compulsory residential school attendance
Glossary of definitions
Counselling skills role play

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.8 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is compulsory as it forms a significant component of the teaching strategy in this subject. Further details about the residential school will be provided by your Subject Coordinator. Students will attend a total of 20 days at residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects in the course.

Students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program may be eligible for federal government funding to
attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions (30 and 60).


Special Resources

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects throughout the course.


The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.