Grief and Its Complications: Meaning Crises in the Landscape of Loss

Course Overview

In the course of counselling, you may come across clients who experienced unwelcome transitions in life or lost their loved ones through death. This training will equip you with the fundamental  understanding of grief and loss as a meaning crisis from the meaning reconstruction perspective, as well as how to assess grievers’ adaptation and needs for support in the aftermath. Specific attention would be given to various high-risk profiles and warning signs from the dimensions of the loss event, the underlying attachment, and the sense of self that indicate possible complications in grief.


Who Should Attend

Community/outreach workers, befrienders/volunteers, school personnel, chaplaincy/pastoral staff, helping professionals, and people who are keen in rendering grief support.


Course Duration

2 days (9am - 5pm)

Total Training Duration (Hour)

14 hours

Course Outline

· Common grief reactions and the determinants

· Formulation of assessment and intervention focus in grief counselling

· Identification of high-risk groups and warning signs for complications in grief 



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 2 Case Studies toward Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction .

Course Objectives

· To describe the multifaceted manifestation of grief reactions 

· To identify high-risk griever profiles using an integrative assessment framework

· To differentiate complications in grief from adaptive coping with grief



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 (, 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

NCSS member and MSF-funded Social Service Agencies are able to apply for PCG Funding. 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 Rate (before GST): S$675 (extended to 14 Dec 2023)

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