Grief Counselling Training

in Singapore

Loss, Grief and Attachment

in Life Transitions

Meaning Reconstruction and the Clinician as a Secure Base

Earn Credits for 4 Techniques Modules toward

Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction

Offered by the Portland Institute.

29-30 October 2019

Presented by

Jakob van Wielink

Grief Counsellor, Executive Coach and Trainer

Faculty, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Partner, De School voor Transitie

Supported by

Carolyn Ng

Associate Director, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Fellow in Thanatology, Association of Death Education and Counseling

Therapist, Anchorage for Loss and Transition

 EARLY BIRD EXTENDED to 15 September 2019

Just SGD$800 for 2-day workshop!

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30% VCF Approved
ONLY $560 for Early Bird now!
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This two-day grief counselling training workshop offers an in-depth training in several techniques, nesting them both within the therapy relationship and in the context of current theories and research that provide flexible frameworks for intervention.  The first day focuses on the ways in which our encounters with loss are deeply attachment informed.  It takes a close look at our need for secure bases to start our journey of meaning reconstruction.  It also invites us, as helping professionals, to consider how to be a secure base for our service recipients and to have a closer look at the challenge of separation.  The second day places the work of secure base in the context of our lifeline.  It invites us to reflect on how attachment, bonding and loss play a role in the stories of our lives, as well as how we can have a meaning-oriented dialogue that is both caring and daring. 


  • Secure Base:

To care and to dare, that’s the challenge

  • The Transition Cycle as a window:

Life is lived in circles

  • The Power of Separation:

To grieve is learning to land in life

  • A Letter To…:

Witness the words that need(ed) to be said

  • The Lifeline:

The facts remain the same, the story will change

  • Dialogue:

Inviting for new perspectives on loss and transition


Presenting Faculty

Jakob van Wielink, MA, is a grief counselor and executive coach. He is founder and co-owner of The School for Transition, a training institute based in The Netherlands focusing on attachment, bonding, loss, grief and meaning reconstruction in the face of professional and life transitions. Jakob is a published author in the field of change and loss in leadership and coaching. He works internationally for national and multinational companies and clients that are faced with major transitions. In addition, Jakob works as an executive coach at the High Performance Leadership Program and Advanced High Performance Leadership Program of professor George Kohlrieser at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

For more information, explore Jakob’s personal website and the site for De School voor Transitie:

Supporting Faculty

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT, 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 master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and 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 holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary in the USA.  Find out more at:

Jakob van Wielink, MA

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

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 EARLY BIRD EXTENDED to 15 September 2019

For workshop enquiries and registration, please email

For certification enquiries, please email

In collaboration with the Academy of Human Development (AHD) in Singapore, PI provides multiple training series in Meaning Reconstruction Grief Therapy for professionals from diverse disciplines.  

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