FAQs for GTMR Certification

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Information Sheet for GTMR Certification Program.

GTMR Certification Program​

1) Do I need to travel to Portland, Oregon, to take training with the Portland Institute?
By no means.  Although PI organizes major training events in its home city, it also sponsors training in every major world region, and you can choose workshops in the location or locations that work for you.  And of course online training modules are available anywhere, at any time.
2) Can I register for workshops without signing up for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction?
Absolutely.  You can participate in any component of PI training simply as a professional continuing education experience, without pursuing certification.
3) Do I need to pay the GTMR Certification Enrollment Fee to receive PI credit toward certification?
Yes.  Payment of the Enrollment Fee is required to establish you as a GTMR Certification learner, and to set up a personal Progress Tracker to help you monitor completed requirements toward certification. 
4) How long does it take to become certified in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction through the Portland Institute?
That depends on your preferences and priorities.  Because onsite courses are offered at numerous locations throughout the world annually, and online components can be completed at your own pace, in most cases, certification can be completed in as little as one year.  Most training series offer multi-day workshops that deliver all the necessary onsite components over a series of 6-8 days, which may be offered in close succession, or in blocks of 2- to 4-day workshops at different times of the year, depending on the agreement with PI's partner organizations.
5) Can I take more than the required number of sessions of Techniques, Case Studies, Mentoring or Practicum Studio?  And how long do I have to complete them once I register?
Certainly.  Many learners find it valuable to add more modules of training to consolidate their skills.  PI welcomes your registration for as many workshops and online modules as you like.  Similarly, the timing of the completion of each set of online modules is flexible, and can be negotiated with your assigned Faculty.
6) Must I present cases with death-related loss issues for the GTMR Session Evaluation?
No.  Meaning Reconstruction is seminal to adaptation following all sorts of loss, be it death or non-death related, visible or invisible, evident or ambiguous.  The GTMR Mentoring, 
Practicum Studio, and Session Evaluation components can focus on therapy for any loss or unwelcome transition, not only on bereavement per se.
7) What if I don't have a video of work with a real client to submit for GTMR Session Evaluation?
No problem.  A spontaneous role play with another learner could be substituted, as it still allows you to demonstrate your skills in conducting grief therapy.
8) Does Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction give me legal standing as a grief therapist?
No, there is currently no legal recognition of grief therapy as a profession in the USA or abroad.  Practitioners must be appropriately trained and credentialed in their relevant disciplines (e.g. psychology, counseling, social work, nursing, medicine) for the services they provide.  However, Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction can enhance the provider's skill base and specialization, just as certification does in other areas (e.g. trauma work, family systems).
9) I'm currently a graduate student in a helping profession.  Can I enroll in PI training and pursue GTMR Certification?
Yes.  You can participate in any form of onsite and online training you wish, and also be certified even before completing your degree.  But you must be an appropriately credentialed (licensed or registered) healthcare provider in your discipline to be listed in the Portland Institute's Global Provider Network.

Continuing Education Questions

1) Does PI certification meet CE requirements for my professional board or discipline?
That depends on the specific training event of interest, as well as your professional discipline.  Just see pages devoted to the specific events on the PI site for the relevant details.
2) Are online components eligible for CE credit in my field?
Not at the present time.  Because they are highly individualized depending on learner needs and interests, they do not conform to the standardization of content required by most disciplines.

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