Loss & Bereavement (Counselling)

Bereavement and loss

Course details

RCSI, in association with the Irish Hospice Foundation, run two accredited Level 9 MSc programmes focusing on loss and bereavement: MSc in Loss & Bereavement and MSc in Loss & Bereavement (Counselling).

These programmes aim to equip practitioners and managers to promote and provide a range of appropriate supports in their communities, workplaces and professional practices, with a focus on impacting health, social and community systems and ultimately, enhancing the quality of life.

Both programmes are rooted in contemporary scientific research and designed against a policy and professional regulation backdrop.

Applications for the MSc Loss & Bereavement (Counselling) are invited from qualified, accredited psychotherapists and counsellors whose clinical work involves therapeutic support of bereaved people.

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Year 1

In Year 1 classes are held in three-day blocks once a month (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) from 9.15am to 5:30pm. The programme runs from September to June in Year 1.

Module title Credits
Module 1: Loss, Grief and Bereavement Models through the Lifespan 10
Module 2: Counselling in Loss and Bereavement 10
Module 3A: Applied Bereavement Practice – Preparing the Self to Work with Loss 10
Module 4: Loss, Death and Bereavement in Society 10
Module 5: Research Appraisal 5
Module 6A: Advanced Counselling and Practitioner Self 5
Module 7: Policy and Management in Bereavement Care 10

Year 2

In Year 2, you will complete a dissertation. Classes are held in two-day blocks once a month (Mondays and Tuesdays) and run from October to June.

Module title Credits
Module 8-9: Dissertation 30

Please contact Orla Keegan if you have specific queries about the course content.

Year 1

In Year 1, this programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Critically debate and contribute to theoretical understanding and knowledge about loss and grief across the life-cycle and grief support structures relating to health, community and work organisations and in the voluntary sector.
  • Develop and utilise advanced bereavement counselling skills as part of professional counselling practice.
  • Evaluate different contemporary perspectives on death, dying and loss in society – including social history, cultural issues, cause and circumstance of death, death education, loss through the life cycle, family bereavement, cultural issues, gender issues, research and ethical issues.
  • Critically appraise, apply and design bereavement research, audit and evaluation.
  • Critique, select and utilise support and counselling skills in the context of loss and grief .
  • Analyse the organisation of bereavement support and formulate strategic and systematic developments in bereavement care in different settings.
  • Design models for self-care and staff support in environments where people are consistently working with, or meeting, death and bereavement.
  • Manage and evaluate changes in work practices relative to an area of bereavement care.
  • Reflect on personal development and growth through the educational experience.
  • Display an integrated value and evidence-based approach to the support of bereaved people.
  • Design, implement and analyse an evidence-driven, ethical action research/change management proposal with respect to an aspect of bereavement care.

Year 2

In Year 2, we aim to engender and demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Design an evidence-driven, ethical action research/change management proposal with respect to an aspect of bereavement care.
  • Implement an action research/change project, analysing process and outcome changes in bereavement care.
  • Demonstrate project management skills.
  • Demonstrate presentation skills.
  • Act as a leader in developing bereavement care.