Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention

9:00am Monday, 1 February 2021
5:00pm Sunday, 10 October 2021
Available Online
Karstens (Melb, Brisbane & Sydney) Cancer Council (WA) 253 Wellington Road
Mulgrave/Available Online, Victoria 3170

The Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention (GCBCI) is a highly sought-after qualification and can open doors to a wide array of employment opportunities in environments including schools, hospitals, palliative care services, the corporate sector and community health settings. 

This qualification can assist you in securing the jobs you want. Eighty per cent of our graduates have found employment as bereavement counsellors within twelve months of graduation and the remaining twenty per cent work part-time in the field. 
This course provides practitioners with the education and skills required to become effective bereavement counsellors. Accredited under the Australian Quality Training Framework by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, the GCBCI is the only post­graduate program in Australia solely dedicated to the vocational training of bereavement counsellors. 

If you have a passion for skilfully supporting people with complex bereavement needs; are looking for high quality, evidence-based clinical training; and want to make a difference in the lives of others, then this is the course to study. 

About the Presenters

Anita Hoare has a Masters in Counselling and Human Services from La Trobe University, a Masters in Social Work from Federation University and a Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling from the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, with whom she currently works as a trainer and assessor. She is a Certified Bereavement Practitioner, a registered educator and clinical supervisor. She is training to be a supervisor for Lifeline. She has experience with individuals using face­to-face, telephone and Skype sessions. 
Amongst her areas of specialisation are grief and bereavement counselling with specific expertise in Complicated Grief Therapy (CGT). She trained in CGT with Dr M. Katherine Shear, at the Centre for Complicated Grief, Columbia University in New York. She was there for 3 months in 2016, which provided her with a unique learning experience and higher level of familiarity using this protocol. 
She is also trained in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, a 16-session protocol for anxiety and depression. This is an efficacious treatment widely practised in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. 
She is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), PACFA, AASW and the Loss and Grief Practitioners' Association. 

Jackie Tarabay: Specialist Bereavement Counsellor and Educator for the Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention. 
Jackie Tarabay specialises in working with children who have experienced grief and loss. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Counselling, a Masters Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP), a Diploma of Shamanic Studies and has further studies in a host of other areas including psychotherapy, grief and loss, drama and personal development. Currently, Jackie works at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB), coordinating various grief support groups including facilitating the Kids Grieve Too (KG2) program. Jackie also provides individual grief counselling, supervision, and delivers training and workshops for the ACGB. In addition, Jackie also operates her own personal counselling practice. 

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Enrolments Open Now! Upcoming Intake dates:

  • October 6th 2020– 14th September 2021
  • October 20th 2020- 15th September 2021
  • February 9th 2021 –  10th December 2021
  • February 10th 2021-  15th December 2021

Recognised by the ACM for 310 CPD hours


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