College Announces New Certificate Program

Release Date: Friday, December 12, 2008

 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