An innovative Certificate program offering professionals and volunteers an opportunity to explore cultural, social and personal aspects of death and dying; to gain knowledge and experience in providing support for the terminally ill and the bereaved; and to examine relevant legal and ethical issues. The program emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care and bereavement support through community-based services. Most courses in this program are offered via the internet. The Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Studies is offered in partnership with King's University College. All course requirements must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
All students will be admitted to the Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Studies according to the policies and guidelines for admission to the University. Non-UWO students must first apply to The University of Western Ontario through the Ontario University Application Centre in Guelph, Ontario. In addition, prospective students must also complete the application form for the Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Studies provided by Continuing Studies at Western. Application forms are available through Continuing Studies at Western. Students who are currently enrolled at UWO are only required to complete the Continuing Studies at Western application form.
Visit our website at www.uwo.ca/cstudies for full program information.
Application Deadline: March 1 to be considered for the Fall term.
REQUIRED DEGREE CREDIT COURSES
Thanatology 2200: Survey of Thanatology or equivalent Thanatology 2230A/B: Principles of Palliative Care or equivalent.
Thanatology 2231A/B: Bereavement and Grief: Overview and Interventions or equivalent.
Thanatology 3360A/B: Practicum in Thanatology
PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ELECTIVES
Philosophy 2071E: Biomedical Ethics; Philosophy 2073F/G: Death; Sociology 2245 Medical Sociology; Thanatology 2232A/B: Children and Death: Theory and Interventions; Thanatology 2233A/B: Suicide: Theory and Interventions; Thanatology 2234A/B: Change, Transition and Loss; Thanatology 2235A/B: Popular Culture and Death; Thanatology 3320A/B: Spiritual and Philosophical Issues in Death, Dying and Bereavement; Thanatology 3321A/B: Grief Counselling and Support; Thanatology 3322A/B: Diversity and Social Justice Issues in Thanatology; Thanatology 3323A/B: Grief and Trauma; Thanatology 3355A/B: Ethical Issues in Death, Dying and Bereavement
REQUIRED GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT COURSES (select four)
GRBV 6001: Crisis Response
GRBV 6002: Communication with the Dying and the Bereaved
GRBV 6003: Grief Support Groups
GRBV 6004: Palliative Care: Advanced Principles and Practice
GRBV 6005: Creative Responses to Death and Bereavement
GRBV 6006: Personal and Professional Issues in Thanatology
GRBV 6007: Loss Across the Lifespan