Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, required
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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Grief can be a lonely place, and those who care for persons who are grieving often find themselves at a loss. Helping Others Grow Through Their Grieving will explore how persons who work with grieving friends or family can guide them to grow during this difficult time.
The three-week course will share a book study based on Understanding Your Grief by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, an educator and grief counselor who has written 50 books on grieving. Dr. Wolfelt is founder and director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Ft. Collins, CO, and is known nationwide for his compassionate messages about healing in grief.
Participants will share their experiences of counseling the grieving as they study the insights and lived experience of Dr Wolfelt, through his book.
The course will meet live on Fridays at 7:00 ET, through Zoom.
Students will be required to obtain a copy of the following books:
Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD*
Understanding Your Grief Journal: Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD*
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This course is worth 1.5 CEUs
About the Instructor
Jerry Herauf (M.A., M.Div.) trained and practiced ministry in the Jesuit community for 18 years before continuing his lay ministry in publishing and pastoral care for more than four decades. He taught at the high school and college levels before moving into pastoral care ministry as a chaplain and as director of pastoral care ministries in hospitals and long-term care facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He was a senior editor with Novalis Publishers and recently co-authored Healing Our Church, which deals with clerical sexual abuse.
Jerry is a certified spiritual counselor and has become increasingly involved in presenting seminar courses for the grieving. He also has directed retreats ranging from one-on-one counseling to Ignatian retreats lasting from a weekend to 30 days, as well as those taking place in everyday lives. His current passion is to provide online courses in marriage and grieving.
Jerry and his wife, Jan, are parents of two grown children and two granddaughters.