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UEN No/CPE Reg No/ GST Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

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


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 Objectives

This course will help participants to:

  • 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

Course Content

  • 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 

Who Should Attend

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

Award and Certification 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. 


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NCSS member and MSF-funded Social Service Agencies are able to apply for PCG/VCF Funding. PCG/VCF Funding is pre-approved at 45% per pax for Singaporeans/PR (Ref No. PAS00002936, End date of approval: 8 Mar 2024) 


Contact Mr Dave Goh, 6593 5284, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Certification Matters

Contact Dr Carolyn Ng, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Schedule

Duration 14 hours
Dates 18 and 19 Jan 2024
Timing 9am - 5pm
Trainer(s) Dr Carolyn Ng
Venue(s) Classroom