GTMR Onsite Components

1)  GTMR Core Courses (18 hours)

The Core Courses are offered as a series of full-day workshops, and can be taken in any of several  locations around the world each year.  All are required for GTMR Certification.  Learners may complete these courses and other requirements below in any sequence they desire. 


  • Grief and Its Complications:  Contemporary models of grief, including conceptualization and diagnosis of complicated grief or prolonged grief disorder.


  • Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction - Processing the Event Story of the Death: Trauma-informed interventions to help mourners integrate the loss into their larger self-narrative.


  • Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction - Accessing the Back Story of Relationship: Attachment-informed interventions to help mourners reconstruct the continuing bond with the deceased.

2)  GTMR Techniques Modules (9 hours)

Each module is nested within additional days of workshops, and is focused on a specific therapy technique.  Learners pursuing GTMR Certification are required to learn six techniques (three each from Goal 1 and Goal 2 categories respectively, as listed below) at any location in the world in which such training is offered. 


  • Goal 1 – Processing the Event Story of the Death (e.g. Power of Presence, Restorative Retelling, Chapters of Our Lives, Lifeline Interview, Virtual Dream Stories, Analogical Listening, Loss Boxes etc.).


  • Goal 2 – Accessing the Back Story of the Relationship (e.g. What Have You Lost? Composition Work, Introducing Our Loved One, Life Imprint, Correspondence with the Deceased, Chair Work, Secure Base Mapping etc.).

3)  GTMR Case Studies (4 hours)

Each case study is embedded within a full-day workshop.  It consists of a videotaped clinical session with a close process analysis to reveal the therapist’s moment-to-moment reading of the client’s need and readiness to engage in specific meaning reconstruction tasks.  


When offered onsite, Case Studies commonly bridge from viewing to doing through a  Practicum component, in which learners apply Meaning Reconstruction skills like those modeled in the session with coaching from Portland Institute faculty.  By alternating naturally between concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation, learners complete a full cycle of experiential learning and become better prepared to practice the nuances of meaning reconstruction in the wake of loss.  Learners are required to complete two case studies at any location in the world for GTMR Certification.

4)  GTMR Practicum Studio  (6 hours)
Learners form small groups and practice Meaning Reconstruction skills, with Portland Institute faculty serving as coaches, for face-to-face or videoconference role-play in a shared language.  Each session includes practice with learners taking turns in the role of the therapist, client and observer, followed by feedback and processing.  Learners are required to complete four sessions for GTMR Certification.

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