1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 SOAD1008 - Reasons for Social Work
1a SOAD1004 - Introduction to Social Work
2 SOAD2002 - Human Social Development
2a SOAD2111 - Human Social Development
3 SOAD2005 - Practice with Individuals
3a SOAD1013 - Practice with Individuals
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a) and (2 or 2a) and (3 or 3a))
Enrolment not permitted
SOAD4221 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Plan
Topic description

This topic seeks to examine the theoretical and intervention aspects of loss, grief and bereavement, in professional social work practice. Loss and grief themes are evident in much of the practice in which social workers and other practitioners are involved, and this topic attempts to sensitise students to these themes and to increase their skills in working with persons experiencing bereavement and other types of loss.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the basic themes and theories about the experience of grief
  • Broaden students' perspective of loss and grief beyond death-related loss by examining various types of losses and their impact
  • Increase students' awareness of the impact that loss experiences have on the development and functioning of individuals and families
  • Increase students' knowledge of various frameworks for understanding loss and grief and corresponding clinical interventions
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Recognise the indicators of grief responses
  2. Assist clients to identify loss experiences and express the feelings and issues related to these experiences
  3. Implement various interventions to help clients work on grief-related concerns
  4. Recognise appropriate community services and resources available to grieving clients
  5. Practice in a way that is sensitive to cultural differences around grief

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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