Bereavement Coordinator Certificate Program

The Bereavement Coordinator Certificate Program is designed to equip professionals with the skills to guide grieving families to proper avenues of support. Tragic events such as accidents, active shootings, suicide or natural disasters, as well as the natural causes of death, may leave individuals, families and communities to face the challenge of healing from the effects of devastating grief. 
Professionals taking this course will learn in a lecture and existential learning setting:
  • How grief and loss impacts individuals and families
  • Models of bereavement care and supportive interventions
  • The Role of the Bereavement Coordinator
  • Bereavement support programming
  • Participate in applied learning in a community outreach bereavement event

Note: After completing this course, participants will receive 14 CEUs.

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This course is open to Licenses Social Workers (LBSW, LMSW, LCSW) or Counselors who wish to develop a specialized knowledge in this area.

This certificate program may include up to 14 contact hours of CEUs for Licensed Social Workers and Counselors.


  • Enedina Enriquez, LCSW

    Ms. Nina Enriquez is a Lecturer II with the UTRGV Department of Social Work for the last 5 years. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for four and a half years.  Her scope of practice has been in a hospice setting for the past 11 years.  She has been working with terminally ill patients, their families and children providing grief and bereavement services.  Mrs. Enriquez graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work from UTPA in 1998.  She returned to UTPA for her Master’s in Social Work and graduated in 2007.  She attained her License in Clinical Social Work in 2011 and has devoted working as a grief therapist with hospice agencies and local funeral homes.  She has served as a consultant for both local and out of the Valley hospice agencies developing clinical social services and bereavement programs. She resides in San Juan with her husband. She has two children and four grandchildren.
  • Michelle Ramirez, MS, FT

    Michelle Ramirez, MS, FT empowers organizations through Hope for Grievers Bereavement Education, in better supporting the grieving families they serve. Her professional and community service experience includes designing, implementing and overseeing donor family bereavement programs, faith-based community grief programs, grief workshops, suicide loss survivor events and advanced planning of end-of-life issues. An ADEC member, CT-certified, since 2012, Michelle currently serves on the ADEC board of directors and is now certified a Fellow in Thanatology. Michelle also serves as Chair, in the formation of the AFSP South Texas Chapter. As a griever of traumatic loss herself, she compassionately empathizes with the grievers she supports.