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Course Details

Course Code: HDFS403 Course ID: 4851 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces students to concepts surrounding the nature of suffering and issues of death and dying. Students examine concepts from a theoretical perspective with attention to ethical and moral issues from a cross-cultural diversity perspective and the impact of death, dying and bereavement on a family and community. Participants explore stages of grief and apply them to case studies or their own patient experiences and engage with tools such as legacy building and memento creation, identify and utilize resources that promote positive coping skills, strategies related to providing children bad news or notifying them on death or impending death. Interest in or pursuit of Child Life certification is not required. Note: This course focuses on death, dying and grief in pediatric care

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successful completion of HDFS403 students will be able to:

  1. Explain the stages of grief and types of losses individuals and their families may experience; (CLC1a; CLC1d; CLC1e; CLC3a)
  2. Describe ways that grief is manifested in persons; (CLC1a; CLC1b; CLC1d; CLC1e; CLC1f; CLC3a)
  3. Apply interventive approaches and strategies to assist persons who are ill or grieving, as well as their families; (CLC1a; CLC1d; CLC1e; CLC3a)
  4. Summarize national resources and initiatives for individuals and family members who are ill or grieving. (CLC1e; CLC2a; CLC2c; CLC3a; CLC4a)
  • Child Life Competencies

  • Care of Infants, Children, Youth and Families
    • Competency-The ability to assess the developmental and psychosocial needs of infants, children, youth and families.

  • Competency-The ability to initiate and maintain meaningful and therapeutic relationships with infants, children, youth and families.

  • Competency-The ability to provide opportunities for play for infants, children, youth and families.
  • Competency-The ability to provide a safe, therapeutic and healing environment for infants, children, youth and families.

  • Competency-The ability to support infants, children, youth, and families in coping with stressful events.

  • Competency-The ability to provide teaching, specific to the population served, including psychological preparation for potentially stressful experiences, with infants and children.

  • Professional Responsibility
    • Competency-The ability to practice within the scope of professional and personal knowledge and skill base.

  • Competency-The ability to continuously engage in self-reflective professional child life practice.

  • Competency-The ability to function as a member of the service team.

  • Education and Supervision
    • Competency-The ability to represent and communicate child life practice and psychosocial issues of infants, children, youth, and families to others.

  • Competency-The ability to supervise child life students and volunteers.

  • Research Fundamentals
    • Competency-The ability to integrate clinical evidence and fundamental child life knowledge into professional decision-making.

  • Administration
    • Competency-The ability to develop and evaluate child life services.
    • Competency-The ability to implement child life services within the structure and culture of the work environment.

Discussions

Please join the discussions each week. Students must post a reply to each weekly discussion prompt and reply to at least 2 other students for each Discussion. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.

There are three texts for this course. Information about accessing each of them is listed below:

Grief and Loss Theories & Skills for the Helping Professions, 2nd Edition by Katherine Walsh
The VitalSource e-book is provided via the APUS Bookstore. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/bookstore for more information

Children Mourning, Mourning Children, edited by Kenneth J Doka

Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php and search by the course number (HDFS403) to access your required resources

Hannah's Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived by Maria Housden

Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php and search by the course number (HDFS403) to access your required resources

Book Title:Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, 5th ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780826134745
Publication Info:Springer Lib
Author:Worden, J. William
Unit Cost:$75.00
Book Title:Children Mourning, Mourning Children - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9781560324478
Author:Doka, Kenneth
Unit Cost:$34.33
Book Title:Hannah's Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780553381221
Author:Housden, Maria
Unit Cost:$10.67
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.