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SOWK445. Grief and Crisis Intervention

This course will provide the student an understanding of the theories of crisis and bereavement services and intervention strategies for individuals, groups, and communities experiencing grief and crisis. Emphasis is placed on the role of the social worker in responding to crisis situations, in providing guidance in times of bereavement, loss, and times of intense difficulty. Various types of loss including suicide will be discussed from an individual, family, and socio/cultural/ecological perspective. The importance of understanding diverse traumas and their relationship to grief and loss will also be addressed. Coping in loss will be explored, emphasizing the diversity of human response and focusing on the significance of social supports in integrating loss. Prerequisite: Entrance into the SW program and SOWK 237. Credit, 3 hours. Only offered online. Offered online each semester.