There is an accentuated need for relatively brief, practical counseling techniques that clinicians, counselors, clergy, medical professionals and humanitarian aid workers can utilize to support clients who are currently grieving the death of one or more loved ones, the ending of a relationship, or the passing of a beloved pet. This course provides a practical framework for utilizing the evidence-based Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Approach (SFBT) to support people in the aftermath of loss by providing a safe, reassuring therapeutic context for respectfully addressing and counterbalancing intense emotions, collaboratively developing healthy, meaningful coping strategies, and practical, gradual steps to navigate the immediate future. This course provides a series of practical solution-focused techniques designed to help mental health and health care professionals support clients experiencing grief.
Last Updated: March 2022
Target Audience: Social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, educators, and medical professionals; appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
Highlights of this course include:
- An extensive written section describing SFBT interventions to support clients experiencing grief
- Extensive written verbatim transcripts exemplifying
- Online video lecture
- A full-length case demonstration offered by master SFBT therapist Dr. Anne Lutz
- Extra course resources
- Recognize key tenets of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy approach and describe how they can be applied to contexts of grief
- Describe a Solution-Focused Scaling Question
- Define a Solution-Focused Exception
- Describe the difference between Direct and Indirect Solution-Focused Compliments
- Define the Solution-Focused “Best Hope” question.
- Define the Solution-Focused Safety Net Question and describe its purpose
- Describe solution-focused skills that enhance engagement and the therapeutic alliance with clients experiencing grief
- Demonstrate how to enhance resource activation with clients experiencing grief
- Describe principles of solution development and how this differs from problem solving in clients experiencing grief
- Demonstrate how to discover and amplify positive differences/exceptions in clients experiencing grief using solution-focused questions
There will be a 30-item multiple-choice test which is designed to assess your understanding and ability to apply the course material. You may take the exam multiple times until you pass the exam.
Certificate of Completion
After you have completed all of the sections, passed each of the section exams, and completed the course evaluation, you will receive your certificate of completion. You will be able to save and print the certificate.
5 CE Credit/Clock Hours are available for this course.
Please see our Continuing Education Information page for information about CE credits and clock hours, and our accreditations and approvals for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage & family therapists.
Students should check with their professional licensing boards to make sure that a specific course will be accepted toward their continuing education requirements.
To receive continuing education hours, the student must:
- Enroll in the course
- Read the learning content
- Watch the entire online lecture
- Complete the course exam, and receive a passing grade of 80%
- Complete the course evaluation
Upon successful completion of the course, the student may download and print his or her Certificate of Completion.
Once enrolled, you may begin your course at any time.
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