Grief Counselling Training

in Singapore

Practicum Studio

Earn Credits for 4 Practicum Sessions toward

Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction

or Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses

Offered by the Portland Institute.

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Facilitated by

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT, MMSAC, RegCLR

Associate Director, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Fellow in Thanatology, Association of Death Education and Counseling

Therapist, Anchorage for Loss and Transition

Select "Practicum Studio (GTMR)" or "Practicum Studio (NDL)"
under the Online Component section at the Store

While the purpose of Core Courses and Techniques modules is to acquaint you with a range of models and methods of grief therapy, the purpose of the Practicum Studio is to give you hands-on practice of a given skill, approach or procedure with the opportunity for closer observation, modeling and feedback from faculty than these other modules permit.  Like formal professional supervision of actual cases, the goal is to help you develop greater competency and comfort with grief therapy, in a way that addresses your needs and interests, and that draws on the particular strengths of your faculty coach.  In this studio format, you will work onsite or online with your faculty member and a small group of learners, engaging in role-plays or discussing actual personal losses as a context for honing new skills.


  • Cultivate insights into your own loss experiences or into your work with a given client

  • Master necessary skills in facilitating meaning-oriented therapeutic conversations and practices


  • Essential skills, such as practicing quiet presence to the client, actively listening and empathically reflecting the deeper meanings and emotions implicit in his/her words, or how to open or close a session or negotiate homework.

  • Core procedures, such as Restorative Retelling, Analogical Listening, or Chair Work that have wide applicability to many cases and circumstances.

  • Specific techniques, such as Virtual Dream Stories, Loss Epicenters in Life, or Life Imprint, which would benefit from supervised practice to develop a “how-to” understanding of their use.

Small group practice using Meaning Reconstruction skills, with learners taking turns in the role of the therapist, client and observer, followed by feedback and processing with Portland Institute practicum faculty.
Note:  Learners in this Studio are eligible for credits for 4 Practicum sessions for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction (GTMR) or Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses (NDL).  For more information, email

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

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Facilitating Faculty

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT, MMSAC, RegCLR maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition, for training, supervision and therapy in Singapore, while also serving as an Associate Director of the Portland Institute.  Previously she served as Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising 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 she is also trained as an End-of-Life Doula.  Find out more at:


Dates:  4 monthly sessions to be scheduled in August-November 2021

Time:   2 hours/session

Medium:  Zoom

Group Size:  4-6 learners/group for adequate practice opportunities and coaching by Faculty

Select "Practicum Studio (GTMR)" or "Practicum Studio (NDL)"
under the Online Component section at the Store

For enquiries, simply email Carolyn.