Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 20 May 2016 - 19 Aug 2020)

Loss, Grief and Attachment in Life Transitions: Meaning Reconstruction and the Clinician as a Secure Base


This two-day workshop offers an in-depth training in several techniques, nesting them both within the therapy relationship and in the context of current theories and research that provide flexible frameworks for intervention.  The first day focuses on the ways in which our encounters with loss are deeply attachment informed.  It takes a close look at our need for secure bases to start our journey of meaning reconstruction.  It also invites us, as helping professionals, to consider how to be a secure base for our service recipients and to have a closer look at the challenge of separation.  The second day places the work of secure base in the context of our lifeline.  It invites us to reflect on how attachment, bonding and loss play a role in the stories of our lives, as well as how we can have a meaning-oriented dialogue that is both caring and daring.

*This workshop is eligible for credits for 4 Techniques Modules, leading to the Certification in Meaning Reconstruction in Loss offered by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (PI), Portland, OR, United States. For interested participants, more information can be found at:; or email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • To connect attachment styles and behaviors to loss and transition
  • To understand the importance of secure base and the role of the counsellor as a secure base
  • To use the Transition Cycle as a means of discovering repetitive themes in clients’ lives\
  • To experience the inspirational power of saying “goodbye”
  • To experience dialogue as an important contribution to meaning reconstruction
  • To use journaling as a means to work with unfinished business
  • To facilitate clients’ storytelling of their life using the Lifeline


  • Secure Base: To care and to dare, that’s the challenge

  • The Transition Cycle as a window: Life is lived in circles

  • The Power of Separation: To grieve is learning to land in life

  • A Letter To…: Witness the words that need(ed) to be said

  • The Lifeline: The facts remain the same, the story will change

  • Dialogue: Inviting for new perspectives on loss and transition


Helping professionals like counsellors, social workers, therapists, psychologists, and pastoral staff.


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by Portland Institute for Loss and Transition & Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fee (Nett)



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 30% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff, Reference No PAS00001872 valid till 22 Jul 2020



Presented by

Jakob van Wielink, M.A., graduated from the Tilburg University’s law school with a degree in international (human rights) law.  After obtaining a degree in didactics from Amsterdam University, he received intensive training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Transactional Analysis and systemic constellation work at Phoenix Opleidingen in The Netherlands, from where he also gained his master’s degree in coaching and therapy and relationship therapy.  He has been working as a grief counsellor since 2005.

Jakob’s specialty lies on people, teams and organizations in transition.  He is partner of De School voor Transitie (The School for Transition) in The Netherlands, a training institute in the field of leadership development and coaching.  In addition to that, he works as an executive coach at the High Performance Leadership Program of the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.  He is also one of the faculty members in the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.  

Jakob is often a sought after speaker in the field of resilience, grief and leadership.  He also frequently publishes on these subjects, including his new co-authored book Loss, Grief and Attachment in Life Transitions: A Clinician’s Guide to Secure Base Counselling (Routledge, 2019).

Supported by

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT. is an Associate Director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.  Being trained in Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, she maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition, for therapy, supervision and training.  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.  

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, 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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Course Schedule

Dates TBA
Timing 9.00am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Jakob van Wielink & Dr Carolyn Ng
Venue(s) TBA