Unit description

Explores issues of grief, trauma and crises, such as death, illness, family breakdown, violence, abuse, disasters, and life changes. Examines theory and skills, attitudes and responses to grief, trauma and crises. Applies intervention models to grief, trauma and crises.

Unit content

Topic 1    Introduction and unit overview
Topic 2    Loss, trauma and crisis.
Topic 3    Death and dying
Topic 4    Grieving
Topic 5    Theories that inform our understanding of loss and grief, trauma and/ or crisis
Topic 6    Crisis Intervention
Topic 7    Grief Counselling I
Topic 8    Grief Counselling II
Topic 9    Responding to traumatic community events
Topic 10 Trauma informed  practice
Topic 11    Grief, Trauma and Crisis Counselling in Human Services  
Topic 12    Working in the field

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Machin, L, 2014, Working with loss and grief: a theoretical and practical approach, 2nd edn, Sage Publications, Los Angeles. ISBN: 9781446248881.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3hrs (12 Weeks)
Critique 40%
Reflective writing20%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3hrs (12 Weeks)
Critique 40%
Reflective writing20%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees


Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.