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Certificate in the Study of Loss and Healing

The goal for the Certificate in the Study of Loss and Healing is to promote compassionate and holistic care among professionals, spiritual leaders, and caregivers working with the dying, the bereaved, and others experiencing loss. Through an interdisciplinary approach, this Certificate will cultivate a healing community dedicated to understanding and embracing the diverse cultural, societal, psychological, and spiritual aspect of the grief experience.

Certificate recipients must complete six courses (18 credit hours):
    STM 570 Spirituality and the Death and Dying Process     3 credits 
    CPS 753 Crisis Intervention and Management     (3 credits)
    CPS 754 Counseling Needs of the Dying and their Families/Caregivers     (3 credits)
    CPS 755 Culture and Death     (3 credits) 
    CPS/STM 757 Special Issues in Grieving and Loss     (3 credits)
    CPS 790 Field Experience in MHC I     (3 credits)
        or 
    CPS 792 Field Experience in MFT I     (3 credits) 
    STM 791 Practicum I     (1 credit)
    STM 792 Practicum II     (1 credit) 
    STM 791 Practicum III     (1 credit)


Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in a Human Services field or a bachelor's degree with significant experience in the area of human services
  2. A two-three page autobiographical essay
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. An interview with the program director