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General Course Information for BER606: Bereavement in the Workplace

Course: BER606 - Bereavement in the Workplace
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Introduces learners to the unique nature of loss within the workplace, including death of a colleague, bereavement overload of health providers, retirement, death and the media, and related treatment interventions within workplace systems. Learners will develop an interdisciplinary treatment plan for application within the workplace.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify and describe the current facts on workplace bereavement and the effects on the community and economy.
  • Define and evaluate what is meant by "the hidden costs" of bereavement in the workplace.
  • Describe the experience of grief in the workplace.
  • Assess for the current supports in place for the bereaved worker in workplace policies.
  • Delineate the laws associated with The Family and Medical leave Act (FMLA) of 1993.
  • Identify and describe the many types of bereavement situations found in the workplace.
  • Discern how employee's respond to their colleagues' bereavement.
  • List the key factors that influence how an employee responds to the death or loss.
  • Describe the unique relationship between colleagues and how the loss of a colleague is a disenfranchised loss.
  • Compare and contrast inappropriate and inadequate responses to bereavement, loss, and death to appropriate and adequate responses to bereavement, loss, and death.
  • Evaluate how leadership can create or remove barriers to appropriate support for bereaved workers.
  • Apply several examples of support programs developed by employers in the United States.
  • Analyze the unique nature of bereavement for those who work in law enforcement, the military, health care, and schools.
  • Create strategies for helping bereaved workers.
  • Evaluate and integrate his or her own experience with bereavement in the workplace.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures