Earn 1 Credit for Technique Module toward

Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction

Offered by the Portland Institute.

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.

Note:  Completion of this program (total 3-hour activity, including approximately 2-hour recorded webinar and 1-hour reflection) and return of the Responsive Journal satisfies 1 Technique Module required for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction.


This program contains the following video segments:

  1. Measuring Malaise: The Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (27 mins)
  2. Social Mitigation of Distress: The Mediating Role of Meaning (25 mins)

  3. Death in the COVID Era: Risk Factors for Prolonged Grief (27 mins)

  4. From Assessment to Intervention: Addressing Complications in Bereavement (36 mins)


  • 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.

  • The Responsive Journal that, upon completion and return, confers 1 credit of Technique Module leading to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction.


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

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