Academy of Human Development

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

Grief and Loss in the Family: A Systemic Perspective


Death is a crisis that all families would encounter. In the aftermath of bereavement, no loss is experienced in vacuum and no one grieves in isolation. This training will equip you to look at grief and loss through a systemic lens and appreciate the systemic impacts in the bereaved families. This will also enable you to go beyond the individual perspectives and facilitate the post-loss adjustments within families. 


This course will help participants:

  • To grasp an understanding of the systemic perspectives of grief and loss
  • To develop necessary skills in assessing and supporting bereaved families


  • Family reaction to death and loss
  • Unique features of grief in family life cycle
  • Assessment of needs and risks in bereaved families
  • Use of Bowen's family systems perspectives
  • Use of Minuchin's family structure persectives
  • Interventions through a family resilience framework


This course allows helping professionals to understand the impacts of a death on family dynamics and render appropriate support for bereaved families in the process of post-loss adjustments.


Completed Dealing with Grief and Loss (Introduction)


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)


For Company-Sponsored applicant:

VCF Funding (Pre-approved at 40% of course fee)*



*VCF subsidy
is only applicable to staff and volunteers of NCSS members / MFS-Funded Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs). 


Dr. Carolyn Ng, Psy.D., is currently a Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation providing palliative care and bereavement counselling support to children and young people with cancer, as well as their families.  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 Counseling (ADEC).  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 experience covers youth delinquency issues, marital issues, spousal violence issues, mental health issues, grief and loss issues.


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Course Schedule

Duration 14 Hours
Dates TBA
Timing 9.00am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Carolyn Ng
Venue(s) 43 Middle Road, #03-00 Boon Sing Building