Since 2004 the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has supported bereavement education programmes convened at the Irish Hospice Foundation. These are a level 9 bereavement studies programme and a Professional Certificate in Children and Loss. During 2016/17 we revised the MSc Bereavement Studies and now open applications for two MSc variants the MSc Loss & Bereavement and the MSc Loss & Bereavement (Counselling) with accreditation pending.
These programmes aim to impact on health, social and community systems and ultimately to enhance quality of life. They are rooted in contemporary scientific research about loss and bereavement as well as being designed against a policy and professional regulation backdrop. There is an increasing impetus in Irish policy on developing competence in loss/ bereavement and discussions about dying; these programmes address some of the associated educational needs.
The programme attracts participants from health, education, private and community sectors and aims to promote competence, understanding and application of research findings to bereavement care in Ireland and to develop expert educators.
This programme aims to promote critical inquiry into the place of loss, death and bereavement in Irish society and in health and social care systems. Through this process we aim to equip practitioners and managers to promote and provide a range of appropriate supports in their communities, work places and professional practices.
Programme Learning Outcomes:
1. Critically debate and contribute to theoretical understanding and knowledge about loss and grief across the lifecycle and grief support structures relating to health, community and work organisations and in the voluntary sector
2. Evaluate different contemporary perspectives on death, dying and loss in society including social history, cultural issues, cause and circumstance of death in contemporary Ireland, death education, loss through the life cycle, family bereavement, cultural issues, gender issues, research and ethical issues
3. Critically appraise, apply and design bereavement research, audit and evaluation
4. Critique, select and utilise support and counselling skills in the context of loss and bereavement
5. Develop and utilise advanced bereavement counselling skills as part of professional counselling practice [MSc Loss & Bereavement (Counselling)]
6. Analyse the organisation of bereavement support and formulate strategic and systematic developments in bereavement care in different settings
7. Design models for self-care and staff support in environments where people are consistently working with or meeting dying, death and bereavement
8. Manage and evaluate changes in work practices relative to an area of bereavement care.
9. Reflect on personal development and personal growth through the educational experience
10. Display an integrated value-based and evidence-based approach to the support of bereaved people
The programme will be directed by the professional staff of the Irish Hospice Foundation with core modules and inputs from the academic, hospice, and community sectors in Ireland and the United Kingdom.