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Living in A Shattered World: Claiming Our Losses and Re-anchoring Our Lost Footing

Living in A Shattered World: Claiming Our Losses and Re-anchoring Our Lost Footing

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Earn 1 Credit for Practicum Session toward
Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction
or Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses
Offered by the Portland Institute.

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.  Learners will 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 through personal reflection. 


  • 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.

Note:  Completion of this program (total 3-hour activity, including approximately 90-minute recorded webinar and 90-minute practice and reflection) and return of the Responsive Journal satisfies 1 Practicum Session required for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses.


This program contains the following video segments:

  1. Assumptions for Living: An Integrative Model (19 mins)
  2. Claim Our Losses in the COVID Era: Practice and Processing (26 mins)

  3. Confronting the Crisis: Reconstructing Meaning (25 mins)

  4. A BRACE for Our Lost Footing: Practice and Processing (17 mins)



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

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USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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