FFGT Online Components

1)  FFGT Mentoring (3 hours)

Learners fulfill three 1-hour individual mentoring sessions in Meaning Reconstruction for grief and loss in family with one of the Portland Institute faculty in a shared language.  These sessions may be conducted in face-to-face mode, or via phone or videoconference. 

2)  Orientation to Family-Focused Grief Therapy (12 hours)
Learners are assigned four sets of readings from the following two books:
  • Arnold, C. (2018).  Understanding children and adolescent grief: Supporting loss and facilitating growth.  New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Kissane, D. W., & Parnes, F. (2014).  Bereavement care for families.  New York, NY: Routledge.


These two books provide a strong conceptual foundation, as well as useful strategies, for the practice of grief therapy with families.  Learners are then required to submit a short Principles-to-Practice Reflection Paper following a rubric provided for each set of readings. Portland Institute faculty provide brief written feedback on each submission.

3)  FFGT Session Evaluation (3 hours)

Following the completion of all the other Onsite and Online Components, learners submit one 50-minute video of an application of Meaning Reconstruction in addressing grief and loss in family context in an actual session or in role play, along with a transcript of the session.  The session is then evaluated for demonstration of competency in working with grieving clients from a meaning-making and systemic perspectives.  Learners also complete the Constructive Supervision Assessment and schedule a 1-hour feedback session with one of the Portland Institute faculty in a shared language.

As a prerequisite for this specialization, learners are required to first complete the Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction (GTMR), although credits toward FFGT specialization can be earned concurrently while the learner is still pursuing the GTMR Certification.  After completion of the GTMR Certification and all the above required FFGT components, Specialized Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy would be awarded.  All licensed or registered counselors or therapists completing Certification will be listed on the Portland Institute website as part of our Global Provider Network.

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