Bereavement and Grief Counseling
Career Studies Certificate (C.S.C.)
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.
Admission Requirements and Special Conditions
A high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfactory scores on college placement tests (or equivalent) in reading are required. If students have deficiencies in reading, JTCC offers developmental courses to prepare students for the curriculum. 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.
|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|
|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|
|MEN 196 On-Site Training||3||MEN 296|
|Total Credits For Program||21|
Notes and Additional Curriculum Options
- 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.
- Students must take HMS 100, HMS 106 and MEN 101 prior to enrolling in the coordinated practice courses MEN 190 and MEN 196.
- MEN 190 and MEN 196 are corequisites and must be taken in the same semester.
- Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
- 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.
- 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.
For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Health Sciences: 804-768-6611 (Chester).