NDL Online Components

1)  NDL Mentoring (3 hours)

Learners fulfill three 1-hour individual mentoring sessions in Meaning Reconstruction for non-death losses with one of the Portland Institute faculty in a shared language.  These sessions may be conducted in face-to-face mode, or via phone or videoconference. 

2)  Orientation to Non-Death Losses (12 hours)
Learners are assigned four sets of readings from Darcy L. Harris’ book Non-Death Loss and Grief:  Context and Clinical Applications, which provides a strong foundation for the practice of Meaning Reconstruction for such losses.  Learners are then required to submit a short Principles-to-Practice Reflection Paper following a rubric provided for each set of readings.  Portland Institute faculty provide brief written feedback on each submission.

3)  NDL Session Evaluation (3 hours)

Following the completion of all the other Onsite and Online Components, learners submit one 50-minute video of an application of Meaning Reconstruction in working with non-death loss in an actual session or in role play, along with a transcript of the session.  The session is then evaluated for demonstration of competency in working with grieving clients with non-death loss from a meaning-making perspective.  Learners also complete the Constructive Supervision Assessment and schedule a 1-hour feedback session with one of the Portland Institute faculty in a shared language.

As a prerequisite for this specialization, learners are required to first complete the Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction (GTMR), although credits toward NDL specialization can be earned concurrently while the learner is still pursuing the GTMR Certification.  After completion of the GTMR Certification and all the above required NDL components, Specialized Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses would be awarded.  All licensed or registered counselors or therapists completing Certification will be listed on the Portland Institute website as part of our Global Provider Network.

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