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Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction: An Attachment-Informed Approach [I]

Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction: An Attachment-Informed Approach [I]

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Earn 0.5 Credit for Core Course toward

All PI Certification Programs

Offered by the Portland Institute.

Presented by

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD


Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology, University of Memphis

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Death may end a life, but not necessarily a relationship.  Drawing on attachment-informed and Two-Track models of bereavement, we will begin by considering grieving as a process of reconstructing rather than relinquishing our bonds with those who have died, and the circumstances that can interfere with this natural process.  Clinical videos bearing on a range of losses will sensitize learners to various impediments to reorganizing the “back story” of the ongoing relationship with the deceased, as we also note several techniques that can help move such work forward.  Participants will practice a creative technique for mapping their “secure base” relationships and leave with a framework for conceptualizing attachment issues complicating adjustment to bereavement and a tool for assessing features of the “back story” of their experiences with the deceased that merit attention in grief counseling and therapy.


  • Identify dimensions of insecure attachment that complicate adaptation to the death.

  • Summarize the Two-Track Model of bereavement and its use in identifying problems meriting clinical attention.

  • Utilize a validated measure of the quality of the relationship with the deceased to pinpoint a focus for intervention.

  • Apply Secure Base Mapping to trace sustaining bonds over time to identify internal and external resources to promote adaptation to life transitions.

Note:  Completion of this module and return of the Responsive Journal satisfies half of the Core Course on Attachment-Informed Approaches to grief therapy required for All PI Certification Programs.


This program contains the following video segments:

  1. Attachment and Impermanence:  The Role of Internal Working Models (43 mins)
  2. Caring and Daring:  Drawing the Secure Base Map (53 mins)
  3. Object Stories:  Reaffirming the Continuing Bond (35 mins)
  4. Working with the Relationship:  The Two-Track Model of Bereavement (32 mins)


  • Instructions for Secure Base Mapping and Object Stories.

  • The Quality of Relationship Inventory - Bereavement version (QRI-B): the full validated scale with scoring instructions and permission to use it in clinical and research contexts.

  • Responsive Journal that, upon completion, confers 0.5 credit of Core Course leading to All PI Certification Programs.

The module materials will be emailed to the learners upon completion of purchase.


Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, maintains an active consulting and coaching practice, and also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.  Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Routledge’s series on Techniques of Grief Therapy, and serves as Editor of Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and chapters and a popular workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.  In recognition of his contributions, he has been given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD

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USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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