CIDBT 5107 Advanced Pet Bereavement Counselling Skills

Course Info

The course is preceded by CIDBT 4111, Introduction to Pet Bereavement Counselling Skills. The introductory course covers the following areas of bereavement counselling:

  • Defining the counsellor/helper role
  • Ethical considerations in counselling
  • Religious and spiritual issues and considerations in counselling
  • The guidelines to developing consent forms, keeping records and providing written reports
  • Theoretical approaches to counselling
  • Self-assessment and role playing
  • Attachment Theory
  • The three stages of counselling

This course is designed for qualified professionals who intend to support owners and carers of pets who have experienced a pet or animal bereavement within contexts including veterinary, instructional and voluntary or welfare and counselling practice.

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand how life stages may influence the presenting issues within bereavement and loss
  • Assist pet owners/carers in achieving a positive resolution when encountering difficulty with decisions relating to animal euthanasia
  • Support pet owners/carers in circumstances where accidental or traumatic circumstances lead to a more complex grief and bereavement process
  • Assist pet owners/carers in securing a positive resolution in decision making leading to creation, burial, etc. of pets
  • Communicate effective responses during helping interactions with pet owners/carers to include suggestions, activities and otherwise to securing resolution and grief
  • Demonstrate reflection upon variations within both professional and voluntary roles and identify how this may influence the potential to assist pet owners/carers in their grief and bereavement
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Breakdown of your studies:

Phase 1 (Home Study)
Understanding self-disclosure and personal boundaries
Understanding Embedded Counselling
Utilising counselling strategies in case studies
Researching and studying the symbiotic relationship between human and animal

Phase 2 (Home Study)
Understanding the depth and breadth of pet bereavement and loss
Designing counselling goals, tasks and methodologies
Learning effective organisation and network building skills

Phase 3 (Home Study)
Resolving emotion
Working with cultural diversity
Dealing with difficult situations
Managing practical case studies
Reflecting on pet bereavement

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You have the option to pay all in one go or over the course of 2 months.

Total £585.00


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CIDBT 5107 Advanced Pet Bereavement Counselling Skills

Helen McGuirl


“I was looking to change career’s and follow my passion into the dog industry.

I looked at many courses then I found CIBDT. I live up in the North East and these courses where down South. It was one of the best decisions I made and the travel just became part of an exciting journey.

I’ve lost count how many courses I took online and participant in classroom environments and practical workshops. I’ve met fellow students that have gone on to be life long friends.

Education has to be informative and reach everyone on a personal level. The environment has to be friendly, inviting and comfortable. These courses met all this criteria and more.

I’ve gone on to work with rescue’s and dog’s with behaviour struggles from traumatic backgrounds and experiences and writing behaviour modification plan’s for rehabilitation. My confidence grew by choosing these courses with CIBDT giving me the tools to choose my own path in the dog industry and giving me the opportunity to learn and enjoy at the same time.”

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