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

Monday 9th to Thursday 12th December 2024

CIDBT 5107 is a three-phase course, it is solely Home Study and no workshop attendance is required.


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