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415.651.01 Facilitating Family Adaptation to Loss and Disability II

Health Behavior and Society
3rd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Trisha Magyari

415.650; Must be enrolled in ScM in Genetic Counseling Program


Provides theoretical constructs for understanding the meaning of loss in maternal and child health, and techniques for short-term counseling that facilitate a healthy grief reaction for the bereaved family. Case studies of typical and atypical reactions are discussed for losses such as perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, termination of pregnancy for genetic reasons); birth of a child with a genetic condition/birth defect; death of a child with a chronic illness; and infertility. Topics include the psychology of pregnancy; and perinatal loss; phases of grief reaction; the art of facilitating bereavement; practical interventions in the hospital; follow-up counseling and short-term psychotherapy; resources; special needs of family members; gender differences; grandparent and sibling issues; provider issues (counter-transference, self-care, and burn-out prevention). Includes lecture, discussion, role play, video, field trips, and presentations by bereaved parents.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. describe the process of adaptation to disability from a family systems perspective
  2. analyze cases in terms of adaptation theories
  3. develop theory-based counseling interventions for families in an adaptation process
  4. become aware of one's own attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and counter-transference issues that affect one's development as an adaptation counselor
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class participation and written assignments.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Grades submitted at the end of the term.