Online Training

When Grief Goes Viral:

Psychological Assessment and Intervention

in the Corona Crisis

Earn Credit for 1 Technique Module toward

Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction

Offered by the Portland Institute.

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May 29, 2020

9-11am, PDT


June 8, 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

With the global pandemic of COVID-19 sweeping the planet has come the loss of a world of once familiar routines, relationships and resources that previously conferred on our lives a sense of security and meaning. This program provides carefully validated screening tools for both Coronavirus anxiety as the contagion spreads and the complicated bereavement it will leave in its wake and suggests evidence informed interventions for dealing with these disturbances constructively.  New research data point to the crucial role of meaning in buffering the effects of the pandemic, suggesting the importance of working with issues of meaning and belief in grief therapy. 


  • Describe two validated screening tools for assessing coronavirus anxiety and unresolved issues in bereavement that invite clinical attention;

  • Discuss the role of core beliefs in relation to the effects of social mitigation of infection and Coronavirus anxiety;

  • List four evidence-informed risk factors for complicated or prolonged grief exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic; and

  • Identify four procedures for addressing Coronavirus anxiety and unfinished business in therapy.


  • Copies of two psychometrically validated assessment tools, with scoring instructions, and unrestricted permission to use them in clinical and research contexts:

    1. The Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (CAS), which measures somatic / physiological symptoms of distress about the pandemic that display high validity, sensitivity and specificity​.

    2. The Unfinished Business in Bereavement Scale (UBBS), which measures two distinct dimensions of unresolved relational issues with the deceased that are exacerbated by the circumstances of COVID-19 deaths and essential guidelines for their mitigation.

  • Rubrics for brief reflective writing that, upon completion, confers credit of 1 Technique Module leading to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction (3 hours total activity, including 2-hour webinar and approximately 1-hour reflection).


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

  • 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

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

Supporting 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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