Live Training

Living in A Shattered World:

Claiming Our Losses and

Re-anchoring Our Lost Footing

Earn Credit for 1 Practicum Session toward

Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction

Offered by the Portland Institute.

July 17, 2020

9-11am, PDT


JuLY 20, 2020

9-11am, SGT

Presented by

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

Associate Director

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Fellow in Thanatology

Association for Death Education and Counseling

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Having experienced a major loss or crisis, we may feel that we have lost our sense of footing in life and the resulting loss and grief may be overwhelming.  In this webinar, we examine the key concepts of the Shattered Assumptive World theory and their relevance in times of crises, trauma and loss, such as in the context of the current pandemic.  Participants will then receive clear instructions for the use of two interview tools whose goals are to help clients identify their losses and validate the resulting grief, as well as exploring “the other side of the coin” using the concept of duality to re-anchor their lost footing.  Learners will also get the opportunity to experiment using these tools with one another and process the interview experiences in small groups. 


  • Describe the key concepts of the Shattered Assumptive World and its relevance in experiences of loss and transition;

  • Practice using Claiming Our Losses in the Era of COVID-19 to help clients identify and name the losses they experienced in crises, like the coronavirus pandemic, elicit their deeper significance and validate their resulting grief; and

  • Implement the BRACE for the Lost Footing technique to help clients embrace the concept of duality and restore their grounding despite the impact of their loss experience.


  • Clear instructions for the above two techniques, which learners are free to apply in their clinical practice.
  • Rubrics for brief reflective writing that, upon completion, confers credit of 1 Practicum Session leading to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction (3 hours total activity, including 2-hour webinar and approximately 1-hour reflection).


  • 9-11am, PDT: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-2pm in New York, 5-7 pm in London, and 6-8 pm in Amsterdam.

  • 9-11am, SGT: Singapore, which corresponds to 9am-11am in Hong Kong and Perth, 11am-1pm in Sydney and Melbourne, and 1pm-3pm in Auckland and Wellington.

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, in Singapore, while also serving as an Associate Director of the Portland Institute.  Previously she specialized 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 holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary in the USA.  Find out more at:

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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