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International Trauma Training Institute is an approved NBCC continuing education provider. ACEP # 6674

DELIVERY METHOD: Self-paced Online
All course material is provided.


This course is built around 6 modules. Each module is presented as a narrated PowerPoint along with additional videos and articles.

  • At the end of each module participants are expected to pass a quiz with a minimum grade of 80% in order to advance to the next module.
  • Participants must complete the modules in the order they are presented.
  • Completion documentation will be provided after the 6th module.


Grief is an inescapable and universal human experience. This course proposes an integrated theoretical framework for trauma informed grief counseling and will be a highly practical and beneficial addition to your therapeutic toolbox.

The grieving process is not straightforward, which requires a multidimensional approach to healing by acknowledging all forms of loss. This course is designed as a training tool for treating individuals and families suffering a loss. It can be difficult to differentiate acute versus complicated or traumatic grief. Although grief and trauma share common elements, they are not mutually exclusive.

Death-related losses seem to reserve a higher priority when it comes to grief research. This course, however, will take a different stance, recognizing that all losses are worthy of therapeutic attention. Therefore, it is imperative that counselors and other health care workers be trained to identify the impact of common and less recognizable losses.

This course builds on the foundation of grief theory presented in Module 1 and focuses on the implications of specific loss throughout Module 2.

An examination of the developmental aspects of grief throughout the lifespan is explored in Module 3. Adults and children grieve in unique ways. This training fully investigates the developmental framework of grief by identifying each developmental stage, the concept of death at that stage, and common grief responses throughout the lifespan.

Module 4 examines some general theories of grief and loss. Emphasis is placed on the sociocultural aspects of grief as a person’s cultural identity (race, ethnicity, gender roles, assimilation) influence their grief and mourning process.

Module 5 examines ethical considerations and clinical responsibility.

Module 6 looks at mindfulness practices, and alternate and creative therapies. Grief during a global pandemic is also addressed. The pandemic has upended life as we know it and disrupted bereavement rituals. Grieving at the micro and macro level is the result of confusion, uncertainty, and fear which has been fueling our lives since the crisis began. Grief work and stages of grief (although not linear) continue to provide scaffolding for the insecurity that arises in times of distress.