About Certification

Portland Institute’s Certification Programs 
are designed to be both convenient and affordable,
building on multi-day onsite training offered annually around the world,
in combination with easily accessible online mentoring and practicum coaching. 
 
The respective Certification Programs consist of
coursework, reading and practicum modules,
all of which offer opportunities to interact with an all-star cast of Institute faculty. 
Certification graduates who are credentialed to practice are then listed in the Portland Institute’s Global Provider Network,
which provides a potential source of clinical referrals
for face-to-face or video conference therapy.  

A fundamental training program in grief therapy based on a Meaning Reconstruction framework, drawing on contemporary theory and research, as well as experiential learning of creative clinical practices, to work alongside people striving to reconstruct their lives after loss and transition. 

Specialized Certification in 

Family-Focused Grief Therapy

A training program specialized in grief therapy with children, couples and families, going beyond the individual perspectives and looking at grief and loss through a systemic lens, in addition to a Meaning Reconstruction framework.  Unique losses in family, such as spousal loss, parental loss, child loss, and sibling loss, and their varied dynamics and implications are examined as well.

Note: This program is currently available in Singapore.  It will be extended to other regions at a later date.

Specialized Certification in 

Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses

A training program specialized in grief therapy for other types of “deaths” that one may experience in life and addressing them within a Meaning Reconstruction framework.  Non-death losses include those arising from threats to health, significant relationships, occupational and career identity, and other more abstract losses (e.g. erosion or shattering of spiritual or secular worldviews).

Note: This program is currently available in Singapore.  It will be extended to other regions at a later date.

Specialized Certification in 

Art-Assisted Grief Therapy

A training program specialized in grief therapy incorporating the expressive arts into meaning reconstruction grief work with individuals, groups, or communities.  The principles and practices of the expressive arts, the architecture of an expressive arts session, and benefits of using multimodal expressive approaches in grief work will be examined in relation to the meaning making process.

Note: This program will be launched in the United States in September 2020.

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