bshs439 | undergraduate

Grief, Loss And End Of Life Issues

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In this course students will learn strategies for facilitating the transition from curative measures to palliative care for the relief of emotional/psychological distress, pain, and a range of physical symptoms. Core competencies involve demonstrated learning of methods for anticipating the demands of end-of-life caregiving including advanced directives, 24/7 services, hospice case management, care and placement options, and easing the common challenges as individuals and families move from care and grief modalities to acceptance and healing. Students will demonstrate understanding of patient and caregiver needs and roles in late life care with topics that include: practical care assistance and early preparation, referral for financial and legal assistance, comfort and dignity issues, respite care, grief support, focusing on client values and concerns, and addressing family conflict. (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSHS/438.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Facing death, dying, and end of life Issues.

    • Explain end of life moral and legal issues present before, at, and after death, including tissue donation and disposition of body and estate .
    • Evaluate how theories of facing death may be used to help the dying individual and the caregivers .
    • Recommend coping skills strategies for grief counselors and caregivers to cope wtih end of life of loved ones.
    • Differentiate between Palliative Care, Hospice, Home Care, Health Programs, and Mental Health Services.
    • Determine support systems for individuals facing death and their families.

    Life in a World of Death.

    • Analyze the relationships among death beliefs, personal and social choices, human morality, and the meaning of death.
    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of compassionate fatigue and secondary trauma.
    • Construct personal coping strategies to decrease vulnerability to compassionate fatigue and strengthen professional boundaries.
    • Evaluate the significance of self-care when working with grief issues.

    Attitude about death in America.

    • Discuss the importance of studying death.
    • Define death and the connection death has in our lives.
    • Evaluate attitudes and practices towards death, considering the American perspective.
    • Discuss the American perspective about the aging and death concept.

    Grief, loss and bereavement.

    • Identify personal aspects or characteristics that affect the coping and grieving process.
    • Differentiate between grief, mourning, and bereavement and how these differ from person to person.
    • Relate theories and frameworks of grief to the skills of the human service professional.
    • Define to uncomplicated and complicate grief.

    The complexities of death and grief.

    • Explain the coping tasks associated with each developmental stage of life.
    • Identify special population and expereinces which require alternative ways of coping with grief and loss.
    • List some grief counseling techniques which can service these individuals.
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