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
Course Learning GoalsStudents will:
- examine the roles of social workers in dealing with grief and loss;
- evaluate theories, treatment, and counseling skills in relation to grieving clients;
- demonstrate an understanding of family and relational systems as they relate to grief and loss; and
- analyze the cultural variations and societal attitudes about death, loss, and bereavement.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning ActivitiesThe following topics are presented:
- introduction to grief and loss
- grief and loss across the lifespan
- social work counseling techniques related to bereavement
- cultural and spiritual influences
- families, communities, and traumatic grief
- self-care for professionals encountering loss and grief
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsThe assessment of course learning goals is based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and projects.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date: 4/21/2017