Certificate Program in Bereavement Launched

Monday, January 5, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The School of Graduate Studies at Chestnut Hill College will offer a Certificate of Professional Development in Bereavement Care beginning in January 2009. The new certificate program, administered through the Holistic Spirituality program at Chestnut Hill, will respond to the growing number of people in the population facing both end-of-life decisions for themselves and their loved ones, and the inevitable grief that accompanies loss.

The Certificate of Professional Development in Bereavement Care is targeted toward individuals working with dying patients and their families, such as nurses, social workers, pastoral care ministers, spiritual directors, hospice team members, and funeral directors. The certificate program includes courses in: Ethics in the Health Care Context, God and Human Suffering, Death and Dying across Faith Traditions, and Bereavement Counseling. Successful completion of the program does not constitute certification in bereavement counseling.

Admission to the certificate program will follow the same guidelines as applying to the School of Graduate Studies, with the exception of the standardized test. Students who complete the certificate program can continue their studies in the master’s program after consultation with the department chair and submission of standardized test scores.

For more information about the Certificate of Professional Development in Bereavement Care, please contact Jayne Mashett, director of graduate admissions, at 215.248.7170 or e-mail mashettj@chc.edu. 


Learn more about the graduate programs in Holistic Spirituality, including the new certificate, at our upcoming Meet and Greet Afternoon Tea on Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Hall’s East Parlor. The event will feature refreshments, graduate program information, and discussion with faculty, current students and alum. Please RSVP to Jayne Mashett at mashettj@chc.edu  or 215.248.7020.