Advanced certificate program in grief counseling
HEGIS code 2104.10
NYS SED program code 30468

The advanced certificate in grief counseling presents foundational and advanced knowledge in the areas of bereavement, traumatic grief, and thanatological counseling. The program is designed to provide grief counseling training for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree and are working with, or interested in working with, the dying and the bereaved or for individuals who have completed a master's degree and are seeking further training. In addition, the program will allow practitioners to meet professional continuing education requirements to maintain existing licenses or certifications. The program is designed to conform to the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) certification requirements for those persons interested in becoming certified or maintaining their certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement.

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Balk, David Professor 718.951.5000 x1232 4110a Ingersoll Hall dbalk @ brooklyn.cuny.edu E-mail for appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Health And Nutrition Sciences
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions: official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program and future goals.
A master's degree is not required for this program.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 500, 173, 61
Examinations

 

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Course description
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Brooklyn College students matriculated in related graduate degree programs may be admitted to the Advanced Certificate and earn both their graduate degree and the certificate, applying 12 credits to both programs of study.

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Matriculation requirements
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This graduate certificate program provides grief counseling training for individuals who work with or who would like to work with the dying and the bereaved. It is designed to accommodate those who have completed a baccalaureate or a master's degree as well as for practitioners who must meet professional continuing education requirements to maintain existing licenses or certifications. The program adheres to the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) certification requirements for persons interested in becoming certified or maintaining certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement.

Applicants must present a baccalaureate degree with at least a 3.00 GPA in the major and a minimum 2.85 overall GPA in 18 credits of acceptable health- or thanatology-related courses; courses in health and nutrition sciences, philosophy, psychology, sociology, biology, anthropology, chaplaincy, and counseling may meet this 18 credit matriculation requirement. Students matriculated in related graduate programs at Brooklyn College may be admitted and earn this advanced certificate in addition to the graduate degree they are pursuing. Professional development courses offered by recognized associations may also be used to meet the requirement for health- or thanatology-related coursework. Applicants must have experience in a related field.
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Certificate requirements
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Eighteen credits are required for the advanced certificate. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00. No more than two courses with a grade below B may be offered toward the completion of the certification requirements.

Students must complete Health and Nutrition Sciences 7187X, 7180X, 7185X. The remaining 9 credits are elective courses chosen in consultation with the program director from the following: Health and Nutrition Sciences 7181X, 7188X, 7182X, 7183X, 7184X, 7186X, 7901X. Other elective graduate courses may be substituted with the approval of the program director.

All courses within the advanced certificate program are currently offered as part of the Brooklyn College Master of Arts in Community Health as well. Credits earned toward the certificate are applied to the master's degree for those certificate students who successfully apply to the master's program. In turn, master's students in related degree programs at Brooklyn College can obtain the advanced certificate in grief counseling.