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Grief and Loss in Families Series - Separation and Divorce


As a couple separates and a marriage dissolves, all the parties involved are bound to experience multiple losses, ranging from practical and tangible losses like financial stability and matrimonial house, to implicit and ambiguous losses like sense of self and relational bonds.  In the process of transition, different grief reactions and repercussions may emerge, as each party has to relearn about life and relationship, as well as re-establish one’s self-concept and social world. 

This training will invite you to look at separation and divorce from a grief and loss and meaning reconstruction perspective.  This will also equip you to use meaning oriented tools to facilitate the transition and adaptation in the wake of separation and divorce. 


This course will help participants to:

  • Examine the multi-dimensional impacts of separation and divorce
  • Understand the complexity of loss and grief in the process of separation and divorce
  • Apply meaning reconstruction perspectives in facilitating post-separation/divorce adaptation 


  • An assumptive world shattered by separation and divorce
  • Different types of loss and the unique forms of grief and accompanied in separation and divorce
  • Application of meaning-oriented interventive tools:
    • Restorative Retelling of the Lost Bond
    • "What" and "Whom" have you lost
    • Recomposing "Self" and/or "Family" 


Community/outreach workers, befrienders/volunteers, school personnel, chaplaincy/pastoral staff, helping professionals, and people who are keen in rendering grief support.


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


This workshop is eligible to earn Credits for 2 Orientation Modules and 3 Techniques Modules towards to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy (FFGT) offered by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (PI), Portland, OR, United States. For certification enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fees S$ (Before GST)

Course Fee 


Early Bird Course Fee *Register and pay by 30th Jun 2023



Subsidies/ Funding S$

VCF pre-approved funding 



Dr Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition (for more information, please visit:  She also serves as Associate Director and Faculty with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition in Portland, OR, United States.  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 clinical supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC).  She is also a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) 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, NSW, 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 has varied supervisory experiences with such helping professionals as counsellors, social workers and therapists in diverse settings as well.  She also conducts training workshops and presents on various topics in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, as invited by different organizations both in Singapore and other countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, Bhutan, Australia and United States over the years. 


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Course Schedule

Duration 14 Hours
Dates 14-15 Aug 2023
Timing 9.00am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Dr Carolyn Ng
Venue(s) Online via Zoom