HPY743 - Grief and Bereavement Counselling


2023 unit information

Offering information:

Not offered in 2023 - first offered Trimester 2 2024

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2 2024: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in H758 Master of Counselling

Assumed knowledge:

This unit assumes that students have already acquired foundational knowledge in principles of counselling and have sound awareness of counselling ethics and respect for diversity and inclusion.


All of: HPY730, HPY731, HPY732, HPY733, HPY734, HPY735, HPY736.

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 day intensive workshop (14 hours – mandatory attendance)

Scheduled learning activities - online

4 x 2-hour seminars

In-person attendance requirements

This unit includes an intensive delivery component of two days on campus at Deakin Burwood. Attendance and participation in the intensive component is a hurdle requirement (see hurdle requirement section).

Student must also complete 8 x 1 hour self-paced interactive modules (pre-recorded).


In this unit students will learn about the complexities of loss, grief and mourning and the impacts they have on people’s lives. This unit includes self-reflexive practice where students have the opportunity to explore their own personal loss experiences in the context of spiritual and cultural beliefs and values. Students will examine and critically analyse a range of counselling theories and approaches to gain valuable knowledge of the diversity of the grieving process. Role play and group reflection are an important component of this unit to help prepare students for the varied and challenging situations they will encounter in professional practice. If students have experienced the death of someone close to them recently, we recommend that they access student counselling while undertaking this unit.

Hurdle requirement

Attendance at the two-day intensive is a hurdle requirement for completing this unit.  PACFA accreditation requires that 140 hours of learning takes place via in-person teaching, and the 2 day intensive contributes to this standard. Participation in the intensive also contributes to the completion of assessment task two and the meeting of ULO5.

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