Live Training

Case Consultation
for the Creative Clinician:

A Practicum Studio

Earn 1 Credit for Practicum Session toward
Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction
or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy
Offered by the Portland Institute.

OCTOber 14, 2021

9am-12pm, PDT

Presented by

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD


Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology, University of Memphis

Carolyn Ng, PsyD

Associate Director

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Fellow in Thanatology

Association for Death Education and Counseling

USD$99 for 3-hour module

By Reimund Bertrams from Pixabay

Are you curious about how meaning reconstruction works in actual practice?  Do you have questions about how to approach grief therapy with a challenging case of your own?  Have you encountered obstacles in moving forward with your client, or uncertainties about what issues to address first in a complex circumstance of tragic loss?  Join us for this Case Consultation module to delve deeply into the realities of working with difficult cases of individuals or families confronting loss, addressing questions of your own about clients you serve, while also learning from the experiences and cases of a small group of fellow clinicians in the PI community.

In this 3-hour module, we will:

  • present a Tripartite Model of Meaning Reconstruction that will help you find an appropriate focus for your work with bereaved clients;

  • identify a flexible set of strategies and techniques tailored to the client’s unique needs;

  • engage in optional spontaneous live demonstrations of possible interventions with volunteers enacting the clients about whom they would like to consult;

  • work in small groups of creative clinicians under guidance of PI faculty to conceptualize appropriate alternatives for intervention;

  • troubleshoot well-intended therapeutic procedures that met with an impasse or client resistance;

  • address your distinctive ethical and clinical conundrums arising in your unique context of practice; and

  • recommend relevant additional training modules or readings to deepen your skills relevant to the population or client with whom you are working.

In short, this module offers tailored consultation on clinical issues arising in the therapeutic work of learners who serve grieving individuals, couples, families or groups.  While not intended to constitute formal supervision of your practice, it offers focused, responsive consultation and training in grief therapy as meaning reconstruction, integrating, extending and problem-solving the application of skills developed in other parts of the PI curriculum.  Come with specific questions, but with no need to give a comprehensive case presentation, and contribute your own observations and insights regarding the cases of fellow professionals in the PI community.


  • Summarize the Tripartite Model of Meaning Reconstruction and its relevance to case conceptualization, identifying a clinical target, and selecting appropriate techniques to address that goal;

  • Formulate specific questions arising from your practice with challenging clients and receive responsive consultation on possible approaches to addressing them;

  • Collaborate with a small group of colleagues to brainstorm alternative interventions applicable to an actual case put forward by a member of the group; and 

  • Identify principles for resolving ethical and clinical issues arising in your distinctive context of practice.

Note:  Attendance of the live training session confers credit of 1 Practicum Session required for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy.


  • Tripartite Model for intervening in meaning;

  • Principles of Practice for constructivist therapy; and

  • Schema for recognizing intervention points in family-focused care.


  • 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.


Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, and Carolyn Ng, PsyD, serve as Director and Associate Director of the Portland Institute, and as principal trainers in the Certification tracks on Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction (GTMR) and Family-Focused Grief Therapy (FFGT) respectively.  With over 60 combined years in the practice and supervision of narrative and constructivist therapy, they have taught and consulted with hundreds of clinicians working in end-of-life and bereavement contexts in a dozen countries.  Neimeyer has published 32 books on grief therapy and meaning reconstruction, including his forthcoming volume, New Techniques of Grief Therapy:  Bereavement and Beyond, available from Routledge.  Ng’s most recent writing concerns meaning-oriented narrative reconstruction with bereaved families, with an emphasis on conversational approaches for fostering new meaning and action.

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD and Carolyn Ng, PsyD


USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.