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Grief and Its Complications - Meaning Crises in the Landscape of Loss course

Grief and Its Complications - Meaning Crises in the Landscape of Loss course

About the Course

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.

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 

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

Who Should Attend

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


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 Description

Your Trainer

Dr Carolyn Ng

Dr Carolyn Ng

Dr Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT, MMSAC, RegCLR maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition (for more information, please visit: She also serves as Associate Director and Faculty with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition in Portland, OR, United States. Previously, she was a Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling support. She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved clinical supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). She is also a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) registered with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), USA; as well as a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
She is certified in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Narrative Therapy as well.
Carolyn first graduated with Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, Australia, majoring in psychology, followed by Master of Social Science (Counselling) from the Edith Cowan University, Australia and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (Conflict Management) from the Trinity Theological Seminary, USA. She subsequently completed her doctoral training in psychology with the California Southern University, USA. 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. She is a trained end-of-life doula and a certified Advanced Care Planning facilitator as well.
Her wide counselling experiences cover youth delinquency issues, marital issues, family violence issues, mental health issues, incarceration issues, grief and loss issues, and crisis interventions. She has varied supervisory experiences with such helping professionals as counsellors, social workers and therapists in diverse settings as well. She also conducts training workshops and presents on various topics in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, as invited by different organizations both in Singapore and other countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, Bhutan, Australia and United States over the years.


Bernard Lin, Counsellor

Dr Carolyn have great wealth knowledge and experience if the field of Grief Therapy. I came into the course because of my supervisor recommendation. True enough, i am satisfied with the course I attended. and would like to learn even more.

Drusilla, Assistant Senior Counsellor

Very comprehensive course with loads of case studies and groupwork. The groupwork allows people to have a discussion with different lenses.

Linda Chan, Counsellor

Very experienced trainer and with her sharing on her cases, really make it so much easier to grasp the concepts. Excellent

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Enquiries about the course?

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Mr Dave Goh / 6593 5284

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