HPY743 - Grief and Bereavement Counselling


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H758
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.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

8 x 1 hour self-paced interactive module
4 x 2 hour live online seminars
1 x 2 day practical experience (workshop) at Burwood Campus (mandatory attendance)

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).


Please be advised that this unit may contain topics that could be triggering or distressing for some individuals. If you have experienced unresolved trauma or grief in the past 12 months, we strongly recommend that you carefully consider whether you are ready to engage with this unit at this time. It is important to prioritise your mental health and wellbeing, and seeking support from a mental health professional may be a helpful option. Please be aware that support is available to you throughout your studies, and we encourage you to reach out to the services provided by Wellbeing at Deakin if you need to do so.


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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