Live Training

Grief & Loss in Families:
A Systemic & Meaning Reconstruction Perspective II

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

JuLy 13, 2021

9am-12pm, PDT

Presented by

Carolyn Ng, PhD, FT

Associate Director

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Fellow in Thanatology

Association for Death Education and Counseling

USD$99 for 3-hour module

When a death happens in a family, how the surviving family members respond to the loss and cope with the resulting disruptions can be diverse.  In this module, we will consider several variables that influence the post-loss adjustment of the individual members and the family as a whole, as well as identifying strength factors and warning signs for complications in the family.  In addition, we will address the possible relational tension in the family’s grieving process by talking about “talking” and “listening” to each other’s pain and struggles.


Considering family rules and traditions, taboos and secrets, intergenerational impacts, and the implications of bereavement for family homeostasis and change, learners will become familiar with an Integrative Intra-Interpersonal Framework for the assessment of family function in the wake of loss, and discuss its application to actual case material.


  • Describe an Integrative Intra-Interpersonal Framework for family assessment;

  • Facilitate a discussion about “talking” and “listening” among family members; and

  • Identify indicators for resilience and warning signs for grief complications in bereaved families.


  • A PDF copy of the presentation slides;

  • An interview guide for assessment from an Integrative Intra-Interpersonal Framework; and

  • Talking about “Talking” and “Listening,” a conversation guide to assess and prepare family members’ readiness for a grief dialogue.

Attendance in the live training session confers credit of 1 Orientation Module leading to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy.


  • 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.


Presenting Faculty

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT, MMSAC, RegCLR maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition, for training, supervision and therapy in Singapore, while also serving as an Associate Director of the Portland Institute.  Previously she served as Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling.  She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), USA, as well as a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, Australia.  She is certified in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Narrative Therapy, and she is also a trained end-of-life doula.  Find out more at:

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.