Course Author: Denise Hess, BCC


Health care professionals from all disciplines often find themselves in situations with patients and families when counseling skills are necessary. This course, Counseling Skills for Health Care Professionals, describes the differences between spiritually-based and secular counseling, short-term counseling processes appropriate in health care settings, working with traumatic events, family systems, and grief and bereavement.


By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between chaplaincy/pastoral counseling and secular counseling
  • Describe the process of short-term counseling appropriate in the health care setting and methods of application
  • Define appropriate supportive responses to traumatic events so that persons can manage the situation and respond appropriately
  • Demonstrate understanding of family systems theory
  • Demonstrate understanding of grief and bereavement theories and their application, including anticipatory, acute, and traumatic grief.


Course Outline

  • Introduction to Counseling Skills
  • Providing Person-Centered Care
  • Brief Therapy: Solution Focused Counseling
  • Responding to Traumatic Events: Psychological First Aid
  • Caring for the Family System: Bowen Multigenerational Theory
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Companioning the Grieving: Theory and Practice of Grief Support
  • Summary
  • References



Counseling Skills for Health Care Professionals

  • Number of Credits Towards a Degree at SCA University of Theology and Spirituality - 5


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