CIDBT 5107 Advanced Pet Bereavement Counselling Skills

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The module is preceded by CIDBT 4111, Introduction to Pet Bereavement Counselling Skills. The introductory course covers the following areas of bereavement counselling:

  • Defining the counsellor/helper role
  • Ethical considerations in counselling
  • Religious and spiritual issues and considerations in counselling
  • The guidelines to developing consent forms, keeping records and providing written reports
  • Theoretical approaches to counselling
  • Self-assessment and role playing
  • Attachment Theory
  • The three stages of counselling

This module is designed for qualified professionals who intend to support owners and carers of pets who have experienced a pet or animal bereavement within contexts including veterinary, instructional and voluntary or welfare and counselling practice.

Upon successful completion of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand how life stages may influence the presenting issues within bereavement and loss
  • Assist pet owners/carers in achieving a positive resolution when encountering difficulty with decisions relating to animal euthanasia
  • Support pet owners/carers in circumstances where accidental or traumatic circumstances lead to a more complex grief and bereavement process
  • Assist pet owners/carers in securing a positive resolution in decision making leading to creation, burial, etc. of pets
  • Communicate effective responses during helping interactions with pet owners/carers to include suggestions, activities and otherwise to securing resolution and grief
  • Demonstrate reflection upon variations within both professional and voluntary roles and identify how this may influence the potential to assist pet owners/carers in their grief and bereavement

Breakdown of your studies:

Phase 1 (Distance Learning) Understanding self-disclosure and personal boundaries Understanding Embedded Counselling Utilising counselling strategies in case studies Researching and studying the symbiotic relationship between human and animal

Phase 2 (Distance Learning) Understanding the depth and breadth of pet bereavement and loss Designing counselling goals, tasks and methodologies Learning effective organisation and network building skills

Phase 3 (Distance Learning) Resolving emotion Working with cultural diversity Dealing with difficult situations Managing practical case studies Reflecting on pet bereavement

Your tutor for this course is Diane Kunas.

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