WEL409 Grief, Loss and Change (8)

This subject prepares the student for working with clients through the processes of loss, grief, and change. Issues related to changes in health status, bereavement, relationship loss, migration and cultural status are considered.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

This is a fourth -year level subject.  Academic capacity, study skills, and writing and research skills at fourth year level are expected.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate and critically discuss a range of conceptualisations of the experience of grief, loss and change;
  • be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of self-awareness around how their own history of grief, loss and change may enhance or interfere with their provision of effective psychosocial support/counselling;
  • be able to demonstrate their understanding of normal human reactions when confronted with loss and the influence of personal and social variables in shaping these; and
  • be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of what is involved in assessing for issues of grief, loss and change in situations where these may, or may not, be relevant.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theory: Meaning of loss and grief
  • Theory: Theories and models of loss and grief
  • Losses consequent to genetic screening
  • Sexual and reproductive loss
  • Unrecognised grief and unresolved grief
  • Clinical work in loss and grief; self-help; and self-care.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of WEL409 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 %
Grief and loss discussion paper
Case study

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.