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Compassion-Based Practices in Grief Therapy

Compassion-Based Practices in Grief Therapy

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

Presented by

Darcy L. Harris, RN, RSW, PhD, FT

Associate Professor and Thanatology Coordinator

King's University Collage, London, Canada

Faculty Mentor

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Working with people who have experienced significant losses can be emotionally intense and difficult, especially in situations where the loss itself is ongoing or where the ramifications of the loss have a continuous ripple effect for clients. This session will build upon the components of compassion (mindfulness, presence, and common humanity) in a practical way, offering various compassion-based practices and skills for effective support of grieving clients in a way that is sustainable for clinicians. 


  • Explore specific compassion-based practices that can be helpful to grieving clients;

  • Describe the role of sustainability related to a compassionate stance in situations where grief is chronic, intense, and/or exceptionally difficult; and

  • Explore the GRACE model of compassionate response.

Note:  Completion of this program (total 3-hour activity, including approximately 2-hour recorded webinar and 1-hour reflection) and return of the Responsive Journal satisfies 1 Practicum Session required for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses.


This program contains the following video segments:

  1. Getting Oriented: Soothing Rhythm Breathing & Compass Exercises (27 mins)
  2. Compassion Training: Mindfulness, Presence & Shared Humanity (35 mins)

  3. Self-Compassion: Greeting Our Demons, Imagery & Letter Writing (33 mins)

  4. The GRACE Model: A Compassionate Response (23 mins)



Darcy L. Harris, RN, RSW, PhD, FT is an Associate Professor and the Thanatology Coordinator at King’s University College in London, Canada, where she also maintains a private clinical practice specializing in issues related to change, loss, and transition.  Darcy developed the undergraduate degree program in Thanatology at King’s University College.  She has served on the board of directors of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and is a current member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.  She is a series co-editor for Routledge Publishing Company’s Death, Dying, and Bereavement Series.  Her publications include Counting our Losses: Reflecting on Change, Loss, and Transition in Everyday Life (Routledge), Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (Routledge), Principles and Practice of Grief Counseling (Springer), The Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief: Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Routledge), and Non-Death Loss and Grief: Context and Clinical Implications (Routledge).  Darcy serves as a faculty mentor with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.

Darcy L. Harris,



USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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