RCSI, in association with the Irish Hospice Foundation, run two accredited Level 9 MSc programmes focusing on loss and bereavement: MSc in Loss & Bereavement and MSc in Loss & Bereavement (Counselling).
These programmes aim to equip practitioners and managers to promote and provide a range of appropriate supports in their communities, workplaces and professional practices, with a focus on impacting health, social and community systems and ultimately, enhancing the quality of life.
Both programmes are rooted in contemporary scientific research and designed against a policy and professional regulation backdrop.
Applications for the MSc Loss & Bereavement (Counselling) are invited from qualified, accredited psychotherapists and counsellors whose clinical work involves therapeutic support of bereaved people.
In Year 1, this programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:
• Critically debate and contribute to theoretical understanding and knowledge about loss and grief across the life-cycle and grief support structures relating to health, community and work organisations and in the voluntary sector.
• Develop and utilise advanced bereavement counselling skills as part of professional counselling practice.
• Evaluate different contemporary perspectives on death, dying and loss in society – including social history, cultural issues, cause and circumstance of death, death education, loss through the life cycle, family bereavement, cultural issues, gender issues, research and ethical issues.
• Critically appraise, apply and design bereavement research, audit and evaluation.
• Critique, select and utilise support and counselling skills in the context of loss and grief .
• Analyse the organisation of bereavement support and formulate strategic and systematic developments in bereavement care in different settings.
• Design models for self-care and staff support in environments where people are consistently working with, or meeting, death and bereavement.
• Manage and evaluate changes in work practices relative to an area of bereavement care.
• Reflect on personal development and growth through the educational experience. • Display an integrated value and evidence-based approach to the support of bereaved people.
• Design, implement and analyse an evidence-driven, ethical action research/change management proposal with respect to an aspect of bereavement care.
In Year 2, we aim to engender and demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
•Design an evidence-driven, ethical action research/change management proposal with respect to an aspect of bereavement care.
•Implement an action research/change project, analysing process and outcome changes in bereavement care.
•Demonstrate project management skills.
•Demonstrate presentation skills.
• Act as a leader in developing bereavement care.