Live Training

Addressing Diversity

in Grief & Loss:

African Amercian & Asian Perspectives

Earn Credit for 1 Orientation Module toward

Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction

or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy

Offered by the Portland Institute.

April 23, 2021

9am-12pm, PDT

Presented by

Doris C. Vaughans, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Alabama

Carolyn Ng, PhD, FT

Associate Director

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Although loss is a universal experience, how people of different cultures and subcultures accommodate it can be surprisingly diverse.  In this orientation module, we specifically look into African American and Asian perspectives, noting ethnic differences in grieving styles as a function of several factors, such as religious beliefs and worldviews, individualistic vs. collectivist values, socioeconomic resources, migration history, exposure to violence, access to health care, and systemic racism.  Through relevant case studies, we will focus on how such factors manifest themselves in the context of end-of-life care and bereavement, balancing a consideration of cultural risks and resources that call for understanding and cultural humility in addressing special needs at times of vulnerable life transitions.


  • Identify practices of African American culture that shape grief and post-loss adjustments;

  • Identify three practical ways of providing support to African Americans that are culturally sensitive;

  • Summarize the cultural relevance of African American history and rituals related to grief experiences;

  • Describe the common characteristics among Asian families and their implications for death and dying situations; and

  • Apply an intra- and inter-personal framework for both pre-death and post-death support.


  • A PDF copy of the presentation slides;

  • Case studies related to African American and Asian cultures; and

  • Guidelines for "Talking" and "Not Talking" for joint family sessions.


Attendance in the live training session confers credit of 1 Orientation Module leading to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy.


  • 9am-12pm, PDT: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-3pm in New York, 5-8pm in London, and 6-9pm in Amsterdam.

The Zoom meeting link and the module materials will be emailed to all registrants in due course.


Presenting Faculty

Doris C. Vaughans, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The University of Alabama, where she also maintains an active clinical practice.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama and Georgia.  She has more than 30 years of experience working with patients and clients in Oncology, End of life, Hospice, and Palliative Care settings.  Vaughans is the recipient of multiple professional awards including the Alabama Counseling Association’s Outstanding Practitioner Award.  Her primary therapy focus is bereavement-related loss and grief, and non-finite losses.  She is a frequent presenter and consultant on grief and transitions-related topics, including coaching employees in work settings on "grief etiquette" when a co-worker is bereaved, and assisting families in making difficult transitions to care facilities.

Doris C. Vaughans, PhD

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT, MMSAC, RegCLR maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition, for training, supervision and therapy in Singapore, while also serving as an Associate Director of the Portland Institute.  Previously she served as Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling.  She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), USA, as well as a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, Australia.  She is certified in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Narrative Therapy, and she is also a trained end-of-life doula.  Find out more at:

USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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