SOC W 566
Focus on a variety of specialized social work practice roles in such health and mental health fields as addiction and grief and loss. Emphasis is given to advanced skills and knowledge for specialized expertise. Offered: WSp.
Multicultural and Multigenerational Approaches to Healing Grief and Loss
This course provides students the opportunity to learn advanced skills in the specialty of grief and loss, incorporating current research and theory about bereavement, as well as cross-cultural approaches and critical analysis of disparities and inequities in systems of care. Students will explore culture-bound elements explore culture-bound elements in current theories of grief and griefwork, students will gain the ability to provide culturally sensitive grief assessments and interventions with clients suffering from complicated and uncomplicated bereavement arising from a variety of losses. Developmental theory will be applied to multigenerational work with adults, children, families, and elders; and group interventions for specific populations will also be examined. Students will have the opportunity to gain awareness of their own spiritual beliefs, values, and responses to loss, especially in relation to their work with clients. Classroom format will be a combination of lecture, dialogue and discussion with instructor, classmates, and guest speakers, case presentations, and experiential exercises which demonstrate healing rituals and facilitate personal and professional growth.
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