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Bereavement and Grief Counseling CSC

The template below is for students declaring a major for the catalog year 2018-19. The Advising Sheet Archive contains printable advising sheets for the catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Students already with a declared major should view their advising report in SIS for appropriate course selection.

Career Studies Certificate (CSC)

C Career & technical education programs for job training = Career & technical education programs for job training, guided by Advisory Committees


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. 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. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor.


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Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3    
HMS 106 Working with Death and Dying Offered Fall Only 3    
MEN 101 Mental Health Skill Training I 3 HMS 100 HMS 121
MEN 102 Mental Health Skill Training II 3 MEN 101 HMS 227, MEN 198
MEN 190 Coordinated Practice 3 HMS 106, MEN 102 (pre-requisites), MEN 196 (co-requisite) MEN 290. See Notes 2 and 5.
MEN 196 On-Site Training 3 HMS 106, MEN 102 (pre-requisites), MEN 190 (co-requisite) MEN 296. See Notes 2 and 5.
PSY 116 Psychology of Death and Dying 3    
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 21    


  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. 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. All internships must be approved by the Human Services Mental Health Program chair.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  6. Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.

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