This course highlights the special needs of clients who are faced with grief and loss in their life. Presenters offer participants practical tips and techniques for evaluating and assisting clients. Biblical insights regarding the theology of suffering and loss are incorporated into the sessions. Specific applications also include childhood grief, the loss of a child, grief and loss in a marriage, unrecognized losses, and the impact of disasters on individuals, families, and communities.
- MLCG 101: Introduction to Grief Coaching – This introductory lesson will describe types of loss and the role of grief coaches. Students will learn about assessment tools and good guiding questions in grief and loss coaching. Students will also learn the roles of a coach that are different from that of a grief counselor and when to refer clients to a counselor.
- MLCG 102: A Theology of Grief and Loss – Throughout this lesson, Dr. Ron Hawkins helps students discover a theological basis for suffering. He addresses difficult issues such as the fallen nature of man versus the holy nature of God. Dr. Hawkins reflects on suffering and helps students place it in a proper perspective and context.
- MLCG 103: Grief, Loss and Complicated Grief – Rarely are there easy answers when people experience tragic kinds of losses that are often untimely. However, there is a message of hope, and God can use people to convey that message to a world that is hurting.
- MLCG 104: Grief and Loss in Childhood – Children have been called the “Forgotten Grievers,” and today, children have become a “grief-free” generation. It is vital to understand the uniqueness of a child’s grief as well as the effects. This session is designed to introduce the viewer to a neglected area of ministry.
- MLCG 105: Injury and Loss of Children – Death and injury touch every culture, people, and belief. Children are no exception. This lesson educates students about statistics concerning the injury and loss of children. It then proceeds to give guidelines for crisis responders on how to help parents cope with the injury or loss of children. The final section gives practical guidelines and mistakes responders should avoid.
- MLCG 106: Grief and Loss in Marriage – Loss and grief impact marriages as well as the individuals who suffer loss. The varieties of loss in life are myriad, and they increase as couples celebrate their long life together. Living through loss without the hope of Christ – without the promise of Heaven – easily renders life meaningless and full of despair. This lesson teaches students to properly deal with loss in marriage by holding on to sure hope.
- MLCG 107: Unrecognized Losses – As a crisis responder, one must recognize that the emotional, spiritual, and psychological impacts of an incident are measured by how each individual is affected and by the specific losses they experience. Some of the most challenging losses are those that are not publically recognized or socially acknowledged as significant. This session will address how to identify these “unrecognized” losses and give practical recommendations for helping.
- MLCG 108: The Impact of Disasters on Individuals, Families and Communities – Disasters range in severity, and their impact upon individuals, families, and communities vary as well. Responders must be prepared to enter into varying levels of crises. This course discusses types of crisis incidents and how to interpret psychological distress, as well as specific symptoms of impact and the guide to stages the victims will encounter throughout the experience.
- MLCG 109: Faith and Spiritual Care of Disaster Victims – Drawing on one’s faith and a supportive community of believers can have a positive powerful and healing impact on disaster survivors. Understanding the impacts of incidents and how to help survivors through the aftermath is critical. A failure to understand the dynamics of appropriate spiritual care in a shared setting is essential.
- MLCG 110: Experiential Techniques for Grief Coaching – Grief Coaches need tools to walk individuals, couples and families through a healthy process of grief and mourning. Experiential techniques offer tools that help people experience their grief in safe and effective exercises. Coaches will learn how to introduce these techniques to clients and process them in a way that will move clients forward in the grieving process.
- MLCG 111: Collateral Damage: Firestorms of Faith – A life crisis varies in intensity and character and can range from being disruptive to devastating. Family, friends, and the local church often saturate the suffering saint with practical help and spiritual encouragement, but may miss the internal firestorm of faith. Dr. Nichols offers practical strategies on how to care for those who are overwhelmed with a tragic life crisis and struggling with disillusionment and doubt about God.
- MLCG 112: Choosing Joy in Life’s Darkest Moments – Loss and grief can discourage anyone. However, no matter how hard the situation is, God teaches us that we can still choose joy. In fact, there are more than 200 Scriptural references on joy. Christ’s primary teaching objective was for His followers to have joy in life. In this lecture, Dr. Gary Oliver explores the biblical understanding of joy and makes clear distinctions between joy and happiness. He further presents the practical ways of choosing joy in the midst of the difficult reality of life.