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Grief and Loss in Families Series - Separation and Divorce from Meaning Reconstruction Perspectives course

Grief and Loss in Families Series - Separation and Divorce from Meaning Reconstruction Perspectives course

About the Course

As a couple separates and a marriage is dissolved, all the parties involved are bound to experience multiple losses, ranging from practical and tangible losses like financial stability and matrimonial house, to implicit and ambiguous losses like sense of self and relational bonds. In the process of transition, different grief reactions and repercussions may emerge, as each party has to relearn about life and relationship, as well as re-establish one’s self-concept and social world. This training will invite you to look at separation and divorce and other forms of relationship dissolution from a grief and loss and meaning reconstruction perspective. This will also equip you to use meaning oriented intervention tools to facilitate one’s transition and adaptation in the aftermath.

Course Outline

  • An assumptive world shattered by separation and divorce

  • A conversation frame to elicit intangible, ambiguous and/or disenfranchised loss in separation and divorce

  • Use of Restorative Retelling to facilitate processing and reintegration of the relational loss

  • Application of The Relationship Tree to help clients address relational ambivalence and reconstruct their identity and life narratives

  • Use of creative rituals to signify closure, transition and/or new beginning

  • A “Holding Frame” for children through parental separation and divorce

Course Objectives

  • To examine the impacts of separation and divorce using a tripartite model of meaning reconstruction

  • To describe the myriad of loss and grief in the process of separation and divorce

  • To apply meaning reconstruction perspectives in facilitating post-separation / divorce adaptation

Who Should Attend

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


Modular Certificate of Completion awarded by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (PI), Portland, OR, United States, and earn Credits for 2 Orientation Modules and 3 Techniques Modules toward Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy or Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses

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.


Lok Hai San, Ministry of Home Affairs

Great sharing of experience and ideas in tackling this difficult topic. Trainer is very engaging in Q&A session & ample time for small groups discussion.

Ryoko Sado, Counsellor

Carolyn attends to personal needs, at the same time, making it relevant for the rest of the group, which I am always impressed and appreciate. The workshop is balanced out with interactions and lectures.

Anonymous Counsellor, 15 Oct 2020

Lesser distraction due to classroom environment, comfortable learning environment from home.

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Mr Dave Goh / 6593 5284

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