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Techniques of Grief Therapy - An Attachment-Informed Approach to Grief and Loss course

Techniques of Grief Therapy - An Attachment-Informed Approach to Grief and Loss course

About the Course

Death may end a life but not necessarily a relationship.  In the course of counselling, you may come across clients who struggle with yearning for their deceased loved one or some forms of unfinished business that remain unaddressed, especially in difficult losses like suicide and tragic accidents.  Drawing on attachment-informed models of bereavement and tripartite model of meaning reconstruction, this training will consider grieving as a process of reconstructing rather than relinquishing one’s continuing bond with the deceased.  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 lost attachment figure in the aftermath of loss.

Course Outline:

  • Understanding grief and loss through attachment lens

  • Differentiation between continuing bond and maladaptive bondage

  • Application of Secure Base Mapping to identify resources to promote adaptation to life transitions

  • Use of Our Braided Paths, a guided conversation to examine the relationship history

  • Use of Tree of Legacy as a means for continuing bond in death-related losses

  • Implementation of imaginal dialogues to process the unfinished business

Course Objectives

  • Conceptualize the impacts of separation on grievers from the attachment perspective

  • Identify dimensions of insecure attachment and unfinished business that complicate the post-separation adjustment

  • Implement meaning-oriented techniques to re-establish grievers’ attachment security and reconstruct their bond with the lost attachment figure

Who Should Attend

All counsellors, healthcare workers, social workers, psychologists, art / music / expressive arts therapist, school personnel, pastoral staff, and people involved in the helping profession.


Participants who meet 75% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by Portland Institute for Loss and Transition & Academy of Human Development.
For certification enquiries, please email

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.


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Enquiries about the course?

Contact Us

Mr Dave Goh / 6593 5284

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