Live Training

Orientation to

Meaning Reconstruction:

Book Club

Earn Credit for 1 Orientation Module toward

Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction

Offered by the Portland Institute.

November 12, 2020

9-11am, PDT


November 16, 2020

9-11am, SGT

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

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Now you can join a small group of other learners as you delve into the practice of grief therapy from a Meaning Reconstruction perspective by participating in a two-hour Book Club discussion facilitated by a member of the Portland Institute faculty.  In advance of meeting, learners will read a specified set of brief chapters from Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved (TGT 1), and be prepared to share with other learners their thoughts about the applicability of the concepts and techniques they present for their work with clients struggling with significant loss.  Faculty will be available to respond to questions, comments, and concerns of participants, and may also share their personal experiences using these or similar methods, brainstorming adaptations of techniques for special populations, consulting on the applicability of a given tool to a specific case, or leading a spontaneous demonstration of a favorite method to foster deeper connection with the toolbox of procedures participants will have studied.  The informal exchange and occasional breakouts to foster discussion or experimentation with a technique encourage learner-initiated engagement with relevant ideas, in a spirit of dialogue with faculty and other members of the learning community.


  • Apply principles of meaning reconstruction to specific clinical situations;

  • Identify several counseling techniques having relevance to both adaptive and complicated grief; and

  • Practice one technique in the context of an actual personal loss or with another mourner.



This Book Club module covers the following chapters in TGT 1:  1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.

Representative chapters include:

  • Presence, Process and Procedure in Grief Therapy: Robert A. Neimeyer

  • Mapping the Terrain of Loss: Phyllis Kosminsky

  • Mindfulness Training: Barbara Thompson

  • Analogical Listening: Robert A. Neimeyer

  • Body Imagery for Sustaining Connections: Lara Krawchuck

  • Complicated Grief and Trauma: Stephen Fleming

  • Invoking an Alliance with the Deceased: Ted Rynearson

  • EMDR in Grief Therapy: Phyllis Kosminsky

  • …and much more

Completion of 4 Book Club Modules with brief subsequent reflective writing satisfies the Orientation to Meaning Reconstruction requirement for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction.  Upon registration, learners will be sent a full rubric with detailed guidelines for this module. 


for the other 3 Book Club Modules scheduled in 2021

  • January 8, 2021, 9-11am (PDT) OR January 11, 2021, 9-11am (SGT) 

  • February 5, 2021, 9-11am, PDT OR February 8, 2021, 9-11am (SGT)

  • March 5, 2021, 9-11am, PDT OR March 8, 2021, 9-11am (SGT)          


  • November 12, 2020, 9-11am, PDT: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-2pm in New York, 5-7 pm in London, and 6-8 pm in Amsterdam.

  • November 16, 2020, 9-11am, SGT: Singapore, which corresponds to 10am-12pm in Tokyo, and 12-2 pm in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Zoom meeting link and the module materials will be emailed to all registrants in due course.


Presenting Faculty

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

USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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