A Tripartite Model of Meaning Reconstruction for Grief and Loss Series: An Attachment-Informed Perspective for the Relationship Story of Loss

Course Overview

In the course of counselling, you may come across clients who struggle with yearning for their loved ones after separation through death. This training will introduce the meaning reconstruction model and look into grief and loss from an attachment-informed perspective. This will also equip you with the relevant meaning-oriented techniques to enable clients to review their disrupted bond and realign their positioning with the deceased in the aftermath of loss.


Who Should Attend

All counsellors, healthcare workers, social workers, psychologists, teachers and principals, pastoral staff, and people involved in the helping profession.


Course Duration

2 days, 9am - 5pm

Total Training Duration (Hour)

14 hours

Course Outline

· Understanding grief and loss through attachment lens

· Differentiation between continuing bond and maladaptive bondage

· Guided conversation to examine the relationship history

· Application of meaning-oriented techniques to solicit the relationship  assets and address unfinished business distress


Certification Obtained and Conferred by

Modular Certificate of Completion awarded by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (PI), Portland, OR, United States, and earn Credits for 1 Core Course for all PI Certification Programmes and 3 Techniques Modules toward Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction.


Course Objectives

· To conceptualize the impacts of separation on grievers from the attachment perspective

· To identify dimensions of insecure attachment that complicate the post-separation adjustment

· To implement meaning-oriented techniques to re-establish grievers’ attachment security and reconstruct their bond with the deceased


Medium of Instruction & Trainer

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, and maintains an active consulting and coaching practice. He also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (www.portlandinstitute.org), which provides online training internationally in grief therapy. Neimeyer has published 33 books, including the Handbook of Grief Therapies and New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Bereavement and Beyond, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of over 600 articles and book chapters and a frequent workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process. Neimeyer served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both ADEC and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, MMSAC, RegCLR maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition, for training, supervision and therapy in Singapore, while also serving as an Associate Director of the Portland Institute. Previously she served as Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling. She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), USA, as well as a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, Australia. She is a trained end-of-life doula and advanced care planning facilitator. She is also trained in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, USA, community crisis response by the National Organisation for Victim Assistance (NOVA), USA, as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) by LivingWorks, Canada. Her recent writing concerns meaning-oriented narrative reconstruction with bereaved families, with an emphasis on conversational approaches for fostering new meaning and action.

Funding Information

PCG funding is for eligible staff/volunteers from NCSS member Agencies and MSF-funded Agencies. This course is PCG pre-approved at 45% funding per pax for Singaporeans/PR.

Course Fee Payable
Original Fee Before GST With GST (9%)
Course Fee $750.00 $817.50
Corporate Pricing (Fee payable to Training Provider)
Non-SME Before GST With GST (9%)
NCSS PCG 45% funding (SC/PRs) $412.50 $449.62
SME Before GST With GST (9%)
NCSS PCG 45% funding (SC/PRs) $412.50 $449.62

Early Bird Fee (Before GST): S$675 (extended to 14 Dec 2023)

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