SSWK215 Loss and Grief

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Social Work

I. Course Number and Title
SSWK215 Loss and Grief
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
In this course, students examine the dynamics of loss and grief. Students explore cultural variations and societal attitudes about death, loss, and bereavement. Students apply core concepts, theories, and counseling skills related to loss and grief.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:
    1. examine the roles of social workers in dealing with grief and loss;
    2. evaluate theories, treatment, and counseling skills in relation to grieving clients;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of family and relational systems as they relate to grief and loss; and
    4. analyze the cultural variations and societal attitudes about death, loss, and bereavement.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:
    1. introduction to grief and loss
    2. grief and loss across the lifespan
    3. social work counseling techniques related to bereavement
    4. cultural and spiritual influences
    5. families, communities, and traumatic grief
    6. self-care for professionals encountering loss and grief
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date: 4/21/2017