Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 20 May 2016 - 19 May 2020)

Anticipatory Grief and Loss: Journeying with the Dying and their Families


In the course of counselling, you may come across clients who foresee their own impending death or the possible loss of their loved ones through different illness trajectories. This training will equip you with the general knowledge about the implications of different illness trajectories, as well as enabling you to support both the persons with illness and their families to cope with the resulted anticipatory grief and losses.

* The Association for Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting toward the continuing education requirements for the ADEC CT and FT program.


This course will help participants:

  • To grasp an understanding of the sick and/or the dying
  • To develop necessary skills in assessing and supporting the persons with illness and their families


  • Conceptualization of illness using a holograhic model

  • Understanding of the varied challenges, needs and hopes along the different illness trajectories

  • Facilitation of coping with illness and dying using role and task related theories

  • Art of caring and relating to the persons with illness along the illness trajectory

  • Assessment of the needs and risks of the families

  • Development of competencies working with the dying and their families


All counsellors, healthcare workers, social workers, psychologists, teachers and principals, pastoral staff, and people involved in the helping profession.


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fee (Nett)



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 30% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff (Ref No. PAS00001613, End date of approval: 16 Jul 2019)



Dr. Carolyn Ng, Psy.D., FT is currently a private practitioner, as well as Associate Director and Faculty with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. Previously, she was a Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling support. She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). She is also a Fellow in Thanatology registered 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 as well.

Carolyn first graduated with Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, Australia, majoring in psychology, followed by Master of Social Science (Counselling) from the Edith Cowan University, Australia and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (Conflict Management) from the Trinity Theological Seminary, USA. She subsequently completed her doctoral training in psychology with the California Southern University, USA. She is also trained in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, USA, community crisis response by the National Organisation for Victim Assistance (NOVA), USA, as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) by LivingWorks, Canada. She is certified as Advanced Care Planning facilitator as well.

Her wide counselling experiences cover youth delinquency issues, marital issues, family violence issues, mental health issues, incarceration issues, grief and loss issues, and crisis interventions. She also has varied supervisory experiences with such helping professionals as counsellors, social workers and therapists in diverse settings. She conducts training workshops on various topics in English, Mandarin and Cantonese as well, as invited by different organizations both in Singapore and other countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, Bhutan and Australia over the years.


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Course Schedule

Intake Number 2
Duration 14 Hours
Dates 27 & 28 Sep 2018
Timing 9.00am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Carolyn Ng
Venue(s) Academy of Human Development