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Doctorate of Science in Humanities


 

Grief Counseling Concentration


Furthering your studies and earning a doctoral degree would increase your confidence as well as your clients’ seeking your help .

Once you have filled out your registration form and it has been processed, you can start your degree program immediately .
AITU Doctoral degree programs are provided on- campus and online in a flexible and accelerated format. In the Flexible Format you will finish each course in 15 weeks while in the Accelerated Form, you can finish each course in 6 weeks .

 

 
 

Investing in a Doctoral is a sound decision. AITU Doctoral degree empowers the minds of its candidates and expands their knowledge base, thus, enabling them to become experts in their fields of specialization .
Once you have filled out your registration form and it has been processed, you can start your degree program immediately.
The Doctorate of Education is provided on-campus and online and in two different formats. In flexible, students can get their degree in two years after satisfying its requirements of 60 credit hours. On the other hand, candidates can work harder towards attaining their degree in one year through AITU accelerated program .


Core Requirements

 
GRFD 1101 : Psychotherapy Overview: Theory and Practice I

This course is part of the Accelerated Doctoral program in Grief Counseling at AITU. It is a 6-hour semester course that must be completed within 6 weeks. Its aim is to gain a working understanding of fundamental theories of psychotherapy and its practice. GRD 1101 is the first part with GRD 1102 completing the topic. Together the courses provide you with a theoretical understanding of various approaches to therapy and a practical skill set necessary for the effective practice of grief therapy. While you may have gained some familiarity with this material in Masters level courses, GRFM 500 provide more advanced working knowledge of the major approaches to therapy. You will also find consistent opportunities to apply the material to grief therapy specifically.

GRFD 1102 : Psychotherapy Overview: Theory and Practice II

This course is part of the Accelerated Doctoral program in Grief Counseling at AITU. It is a 6-hour semester course that must be completed within 6 weeks. Its aim is to gain a working understanding of fundamental theories of psychotherapy and its practice. GRD 1101 is the first part with GRD 1102 completing the topic. Together the courses provide you with a theoretical understanding of various approaches to therapy and a practical skill set necessary for the effective practice of grief therapy. You will also find consistent opportunities to apply the material to grief therapy specifically. This is the same course offered as part of the Accelerate Masters program in Grief Counseling GRFM 525.

GRFD-1103 : Grief Counseling

This course is part of the Accelerated Doctorate in Grief Counseling program at AITU. It is a 6-hour semester course that must be completed within 6 weeks. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of grief counseling. The coursework topics include: the nature of the experience of grief, attachment/loss, the major factors that mediate the mourning process, “uncomplicated” vs. “complicated” grief processes and how they can be facilitated by the counselor, special types of loss (such as through suicide), grief in the family system, preparing to deal with loss/grief as a counselor.

 

GRFD 1104 : Ethical Issues in Grief Counseling

. This course is part of the Accelerated Doctorate in Grief Counseling program at AITU. It is a 6-hour semester course that must be completed within 6 weeks. The aim of this course is provide students with an overview of major ethical issues in counseling and how to handle a variety of situations in practice, including self-awareness, multicultural sensitivity, legal issues, confidentiality, boundaries,multiple relationships, issues surrounding consultation and supervision, and a selection of ethical issues related to work with couples, families, groups and communities.

 

GRFD 1105 : Treatment Planning in Grief Counseling

This course is part of the Accelerated Doctorate Program in Grief Counseling offered by AITU. It is a 6-hour semester course that must be completed in 6 weeks. Its aim is to provide you with a background in identifying presenting problems and developing goals, objectives and other aspects to assist clients in making progress in therapy while enhancing the therapeutic alliance.

GRFD 1106 : Understanding and Treating Complicate Grief

This course is part of the Accelerated Doctoral program in Grief Counseling at AITU. It is a 6-hour semester course that must be completed within 6 weeks. The aim of this course is provide students with a working understanding of the dynamics of “complicated” grief and how to facilitate this process through counseling. Clients with complicated grief may feel that the bereavement process has taken over their lives, gone on unaltered for a long time, and/or led them to feel “stuck in time”. Conversely, complicated grief may present as muted, absent or “blank” reactions to loss actually underlie problematic emotional dynamics of denial and displacement that can in turn facilitate a host of issues (from depression to addictions). This course will provide you with an understanding of these topics and skills needed to approach them therapeutically within the context of counseling.

GRFD 1107 : Grief Counseling Across the Life Span

This course is part of the Accelerated Doctoral program in Grief Counseling at AITU. It is a 6-hour semester course that must be completed with 6 weeks. This course is designed to provide student with a working understanding of how the grief process changes over the time and how grief expresses itself depending on when a loss occurs.

GRFD 1108 : Loss, Trauma and Resilience

This course is part of the Accelerated Doctoral program in Counseling at Breyer State University. It is a 6-hour semester course that must be completed within 6 weeks. The aim of this course is to further understand the psychological experience of loss, explore the dynamics of ambiguous loss, understand resilience and how to strengthen it therapeutically, and gain further knowledge on attachment and its relationship to grief work.

GRFD 750 : Therapy with the Terminally Ill Client

 

GRFD 775 : Group Grief Counseling

 

GRFD 800 : Graduate Thesis/Project in Grief Counseling