The Post-Master's Certificate in Bereavement program is recommended to students who wish to supplement an existing counseling, psychology or social work related graduate degree with clinical knowledge and expertise working with grieving persons and families. The program also functions as a cognate for students pursuing the master's degree in Hospice and Palliative Studies. Qualified bachelor's level students may take the three courses for content purposes, but will not receive a Post-Master's Certificate on their transcript.
As with the Madonna University mission, the Post-Master's Certificate in Bereavement program is founded on intellectual inquiry, a respect for diversity, and a commitment to serving others. The Hospice and Palliative Studies Department strives to enhance the mission and ideals of Madonna University by following the hospice Philosophy as defined by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. In accord with this belief, our purpose is to comprehensively prepare students to serve diverse populations during their terminal phase of life, to perform effectively as members of a trans-disciplinary team, and to enhance quality of life by focusing on the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of each hospice patient and family.