CGCS

Certified Grief Counseling Specialist

Who is Eligible

Associate or provisionally licensed mental health professionals, graduate students and others, including:

  1. Counselor
  2. Psychologist
  3. School Psychologist
  4. Social Worker
  5. Marriage and Family Therapist
  6. Psychiatric Nurse
  7. Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  8. And more!

Learn more about who can become certified from our detailed list of eligible CGCS professionals.

Training Requirements

A minimum of 6 hours of continuing education in specific grief counseling topics. Learn more about CGCS certification training requirements.

Pre-approved, 3rd party trainings that meet the training requirements for CGCS certification include:

  1. Grief Treatment Certification Online Course by PESI
  2. Online webcast Grief Counseling Trainings by PESI
  3. Grief Treatment Certification Training: Evidence-Based Approaches to Care Across the Lifespan by PESI - Certification Included!
  4. Certified Grief Counseling Specialist Training by Maryland CEU Institute - Certification Fee Included!

Wondering if a course meets the requirements for CGCS certification? Submit a copy of or link to the course title, speaker, outline and learning objectives to info@evergreencertifications.com for review.

Please note that Evergreen Certifications does not offer continuing education, all training must be purchased directly through the accredited training organization. Training is not included in the certification fee.

Application Process

  1. Complete a qualifying training
  2. Remit your initial application payment of 99.99 USD online
  3. Upload the following documents to your account:
    1. Evidence of completion of qualifying training, in the form of a CEU or completion certificate
    2. Documentation of professional status in the form of 1 of the following:
      1. Licensed professional - copy of your professional license or designation
      2. Graduate student – copy of your unofficial transcript

Renewal

To maintain CGCS certification, a renewal is required. After your initial 1-year certification, you have the option to renew for 1, 2 or 3 years. A 1-year renewal requires 6 clock hours of grief-focused continuing education since you were last certified; a 2-year renewal requires 12 clock hours, and a 3-year renewal requires 18 hours.

Sample CGCS renewal trainings include:

  1. Grief Treatment: Current Evidence-Based Approaches to Care Across the Lifespan online training by PESI
  2. The Ultimate Grief Treatment Toolbox: Over 60 Interventions to Promote Healing & Hope Among Grieving Children, Adolescents & Adults online training by PESI

Renewal Process

  1. Complete a qualifying training
  2. Upload the following documents to your account:
    1. Evidence of completion of qualifying training, in the form of a CEU or completion certificate
    2. Documentation of professional status in the form of 1 of the following:
      1. Licensed professional - copy of your professional license or designation
      2. Graduate student – copy of your unofficial transcript
  3. Remit your CGCS renewal fee online

Learn more about renewing your CGCS certification with Evergreen Certifications.

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