Bereavement and Grief Counseling

Career Studies Certificate (C.S.C.)

Purpose

Bereavement and grief counseling is one of the fastest growing areas in the human services field. This career studies certificate provides advanced training to those currently working in the human services field and to students who are interested in working in hospice care, AIDS treatment, terminal illness, funeral services, hospitals and long-term care facilities. Students earning a certificate in bereavement and grief counseling will be able to employ the professional techniques of bereavement counseling and grief work, as well as develop an understanding of the emotional, psychological, physical and social aspects of death, dying, loss and grief.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placements tests (or equivalent) in English, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information. Persons entering the public or private sectors of human services will be subjected to criminal background and sex offender registry checks, as well as a TB screening as a condition of their placement in a training/practicum site. Students will be expected to cover any costs incurred for these procedures. These tests will be required as a condition of employment.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3  
HMS 106 Working with Death and Dying 3  
MEN 101 Mental Health Skill Training I 3 HMS 121
SOC 246 Sociology of  Death and Dying 3 PSY 116
Total Credits 12  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
MEN 102 Mental Health Skill Training II 3 HMS 227, MEN 198, HMS 225
MEN 190 Coordinated Practice 3 MEN 290. See Notes 3 and 7.
MEN 196 On-Site Training 3 MEN 296.  See Notes 3 and 7.
Total Credits 9  
Total Credits For Program 21  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in the human services sequence courses (HMS 100, MEN 101 and MEN 102) in order to remain in the program.
  2. Students must take HMS 100, HMS 106 and MEN 101 prior to enrolling in the coordinated practice courses MEN 190 and MEN 196.
  3. MEN 190 and MEN 196 are corequisites and must be taken in the same semester. All students who plan to pursue a degree or certification in Human Services are required to complete a 100 hour internship. Students will secure their own internship sites prior to the start of their MEN 190 and MEN 196 classes or their MEN 290 and MEN 296 classes. All internships must be approved by the Human Services Mental Health Program chair.
  4. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  5. Students entering the public or private sectors of human services may be subjected to criminal background and sex offender registry checks and a TB screening as a condition of their placement in a training/practicum site. Students will be expected to cover any costs incurred for these procedures. This may also be required as a condition of employment.
  6. Students who are convicted felons or are on the sex offender registry in any state will not be able to secure internship sites. This will prevent them from completing requirements for the Human Services degrees and certificates.
  7. Students who are 18 years of age or younger may not be able to secure an internship. Should students be unable to secure an internship, they will be unable to complete the requirements of the Human Services degree and therefore be unable to graduate.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Health Sciences: 804-768-6611 (Chester).

2013-2014 College Catalog

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