Practicum Faculty

Practicum Faculty provide direct coaching in the use of meaning reconstruction and other therapeutic skills, working with pairs or small groups of learners in both onsite and online training contexts.  They also provide tailored feedback on written assignments in response to readings, and process evaluation of therapy sessions as learners complete their Certification.  Several also offer skills-oriented workshops and consultation on research or program development.

Lauren Breen, PhD, FT, is a Registered Psychologist and Associate Professor of psychology at Curtin University in Australia. Her award-winning research takes an applied focus to grief and loss support and she regularly delivers invited presentations to healthcare professionals and community groups keen to learn about the latest in grief research and practice. Lauren’s work is recognized internationally and she has published over 90 articles and chapters. She is an Associate Editor of Death Studies, a board member of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, and a Fellow of Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement, certified by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).

Services provided:  Feedback on reading reflections, Research consultation

Lauren J. Breen, PhD

Chris MacKinnon, PhD

A practicing psychologist, Chris began his career in both palliative care and in academia at McGill University. There he developed a form of meaning-focused bereavement psychotherapy that has been used internationally. In addition to his present work as executive director of a private clinic in Montreal, he holds an appointment with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition in Oregon. In his work as a psychosocial specialist with the Canadian Virtual Hospice, he has written award-winning material on grief and trauma. He was recently invited to be a Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement Expert Coach and regularly publishes on psychological topics related to palliative care and depth psychology.  A sought after clinical supervisor and organizational consultant, he serves on the executive of the International Congress on Palliative Care, the advisory board for the Montreal Palliative Care Institute, and continues to be actively involved in teaching physicians in the Palliative Care McGill Post-Graduate Medical Fellowship Program.

Services provided:  Onsite workshops, Practicum coaching, Session evaluation, Feedback on reading reflections

Doris C. Vaughans, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The University of Alabama, where she also maintains an active clinical practice.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama and Georgia.  She has more than 30 years of experience working with patients and clients in Oncology, End of life, Hospice, and Palliative Care settings.  Vaughans is the recipient of multiple professional awards including the Alabama Counseling Association’s Outstanding Practitioner Award.  Her primary therapy focus is bereavement-related loss and grief, and non-finite losses.  She is a frequent presenter and consultant on grief and transitions-related topics, including coaching employees in work settings on "grief etiquette" when a co-worker is bereaved, and assisting families in making difficult transitions to care facilities.

Services provided:  Onsite workshops, Practicum coaching, Session evaluation, Feedback on reading reflections

Doris C. Vaughans, PhD

Lara Krawchuk, MSW, LCSW, MPH

Lara Krawchuk, MSW, LCSW, MPH, is Co-founder and Clinical Director of Healing Concepts, LLC in West Chester, PA.  Her clinical work is focused on individuals and families facing a diverse range of death-related and ambiguous losses including; life threatening illness, end of life, bereavement, attachment injuries, trauma, and professional compassion fatigue.  Krawchuk teaches Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice, End of Life, and Loss Across a Lifecycle classes for the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.  She has written chapters for two Techniques of Grief Therapy texts,  by Robert Neimeyer.  To learn more about Krawchuk go to

Services provided:  Onsite workshops, Practicum coaching, Session evaluation, Feedback on reading reflections

Olga Herrero, PhD, is Professor at the Faculty of Psychology FPCEE Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, where she combines teaching and research, and is currently Vice Dean of Degree Programmes. She is a General Health Psychologist and Psychotherapist, accredited by the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EuroPsy, EFPA/COP) and the Spanish Association of Cognitive Psychotherapies (ASEPCO). She provides psychotherapy, consultation, and supervision in private practice. Co-author of the book La muerte y el duelo en el contexto educativo (Death and mourning in the educational context), Herrero has published on meaning-making and grief, with a special focus on narratives and qualitative analysis, and has also articles and book chapters related to constructivism, narrative and psychotherapy.

Services provided:  Session evaluation, Feedback on reading reflections

Olga Herrero, PhD

Languages spoken:  Catalan, Spanish, English

Edith M. Steffen, PsychD

Languages spoken: English, German

Edith Steffen, PsychD, is a BPS-Chartered and HCPC-Registered Counselling Psychologist in private practice and a Lecturer on the Counselling Psychology doctorate programme at the University of Roehampton, London, UK. Edith has been involved in a pilot project researching the Meaning in Loss Group protocol for complicated grief and has a special interest in continuing bonds with the deceased, particularly in sense of presence experiences and meaning-making as well as the therapeutic use of letter-writing, chair work and visualisation to facilitate and work with continuing attachment. She is co-editor with Dennis Klass of the recently published book, Continuing Bonds in Bereavement: New Directions for Research and Practice.

Services provided:  Onsite workshops, Practicum coaching, Session evaluation, Feedback on reading reflections

Valeria Moriconi, PhD, is an Italian Psycho-oncologist and Gestalt Psychotherapist who practices in in Pediatric Oncology at the Hospital Universitario Infantil Niño Jesus in Madrid, Spain. She also serves as Director of the Bereavement Program with the Aladina Foundation in that country, and has conducted research on meaning making in bereaved parents. Her clinical practice focuses on adjustment to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, preparation for death and bereavement counseling. She provides individual, couple and family psychotherapy. Valeria also conducts therapy groups for bereaved parents focused on work with emotions in the search of legacy, continuing bonds with their children and the construction of meaning in loss.  She functions as supervisor, coach and professor in different universities in respect to death, cancer, bereavement, and child loss.  

Services provided:  Onsite workshops, Practicum coaching


Valeria Moriconi PhD

Languages spoken:  English, Italian, Spanish

Sarah Vollmann,


Sarah Vollmann, MPS, ATR-BC, LICSW, is a registered, board-certified art therapist and a licensed independent clinical social worker.  She maintains a private practice with a focus upon grief and traumatic loss, and she is the Lead Counselor at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School.  A member of the Artful Grief team of art therapists, Sarah works with Gold Star families facing suicide bereavement and traumatic loss.  Her international art therapy concentration includes work with The Red Pencil.  Sarah has published articles and book chapters on grief and loss, and she presents both nationally and internationally on art therapy, grief, and bereavement.  

Services provided:  Onsite workshops, Practicum coaching, Session evaluation, Feedback on reading reflections


Languages spoken:  English, French

Janna Henning, J.D., Psy.D., FT, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Fellow in Thanatology, certified by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is a Professor in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Adler University – Chicago, and the creator and coordinator of its Traumatic Stress Psychology Emphasis. Her clinical practice focuses on complex trauma, grief, loss, and life transitions, adjustment to life-threatening illness, and preparation for death. She provides training and clinical consultation with respect to death, dying, bereavement, and loss, constructivism, and traumatic stress for mental health professionals, academic and professional development training programs, medical centers, first responders, and restorative justice programs.

Services provided:  Onsite workshops, Practicum coaching, Session evaluation, Feedback on reading reflections

Janna A. Henning, JD, PsyD, FT


An Hooghe, MFT, PhD

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Languages spoken:  English, Flemish/Dutch

An Hooghe, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Marital and Family Therapist in Belgium. She combines clinical work with teaching and qualitative research at Context (University Hospital Leuven), and in her private center ‘Verbinding in verlies’ (Connection in loss). Her main domain of expertise relates to parents who have lost a child and complicated grief processes in families. She has published several articles on couple communication in national and international journals, and a book she wrote with bereaved parents ‘Anders Nabij’ (Being near in a different way). She is a member of several organizations, including the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement (IWG). More information:  

Services provided:  Onsite workshops, Practicum coaching, Session evaluation, Feedback on reading reflections

Evgenia (Jane) Milman, PhD, is a psychologist and adjunct Assistant Professor at the National Crime Victim’s Center in the Medical University of South Carolina. A frequent conference and workshop presenter, Jane has also served as a lecturer and clinical supervisor in the Department of Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Jane has published book chapters introducing novel grief therapy techniques, assessment tools, and therapeutic protocols. Jane serves on the professional development committee at the Association for Death Education and Counseling and is an ad-hoc reviewer for multiple international research journals and conferences. Jane’s research examining how we make meaning in the context of grief and trauma has received funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council as well as the Fonds de la Recherche du Québec- Santé. She has published research in established international journals within the fields of trauma, thanatology, counselling, and clinical psychology.  

Services provided:  Onsite workshops, Practicum coaching, Session evaluation, Feedback on reading reflections, Research consultation


Evgenia (Jane) Milman, PhD

Languages spoken:  English, Russian

Lies Scaut, BSW, MFT

Languages spoken:  English, Dutch

Lies Scaut, BSW, MFT, is a Bachelor in Social Work, a Marital and Family Therapist and a Hypnotherapist in Belgium. She has extensive training in therapy for complex and dissociative trauma, loss an separation themes and complex divorce situations. She developed a series of creative arts techniques for grief counseling with children, families and teachers.  Lies has more than a decade of field experience in crisis and disaster response in schools and communities and has published several books on understanding grief and loss in children and families, helping children to cope with cancer therapy and palliative care, helping children with anxiety in times of terrorism  and answering questions on death in the childrens’ own language.  Her consulting work has received extensive media coverage, as she maintains an active private practice and provides training for grief counselors and first responders in several countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, France). Lies was also the first learner to be awarded the Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction by the Portland Institute.  For more information, see and  

Services provided:  Onsite workshops, Practicum coaching, Session evaluation, Feedback on reading reflections