Trauma Loss and Grief Counselling

PSC70018 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 3 hrs per week plus a minimum of 2 hours per week maintaining journal

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23


Admission to:
GC-COU Graduate Certificate of Counselling OR
GD-COU Graduate Diploma of Counselling OR
MA-COU Master of Counselling



Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with the skills necessary to understand, assess and support individuals, couples and families suffering from trauma, loss and grief issues. Students will be taught the major theories of grief and loss, while also developing their counselling skills in this specialized area. Students will also work with a community agency/industry partner to develop a trauma workshop relevant to a specific client group (individual, couples or families) who has experienced single incident trauma or complex trauma.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Apply prominent theoretical models of grief and trauma to case examples.
2. Demonstrate and critique counselling skills that are essential to working with clients who present with trauma, loss or grief difficulties in professional practice settings.
3. Critically evaluate, summarise and present research literature on trauma and loss in both oral and written formats.
4. Discuss the importance of self-care for counsellors in the context of professional practice.