ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse

The ACA Syllabus Clearinghouse is a joint project of ACA and The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). We will maintain syllabi on many topics from may different learning institutions. Our database will be updated continually with new and exciting courses and will provide a valuable resource to all counselors. If you have questions or need assistance please contact the ACA librarian at 800-347-6647 ext. 281 or

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Coping with Loss: Understanding the Grief Process

In this course, a myriad of losses are discussed, including but not limited to: death, divorce, disability, employment, war, and infertility. Differential grief responses are addressed, and a gamut of assessment and intervention strategies are identified, in order to assist the person who is grieving cope with the loss in a positive manner. What constitutes ‘pathological grief’ will be reviewed, as well as cultural responses to, and rituals in regard to the grieving process. Students will increase their own self-awareness as to their loss experiences and grieving mechanisms. Community resources related to grief, such as support groups and Hospice, will be discussed, as well as numerous online tools.
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