Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No/ GST Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

A Tripartite Model of Meaning Reconstruction for Grief and Loss Series: A Trauma-Informed Perspective for the Event Story of Loss


In the course of counselling, you may come across clients who struggle with restoring their lives after losing someone significant in life through different causes of death or losing something important through other non-death losses or unwelcome life transitions (e.g. diagnosis of a major illness, relationship breakdown or retrenchment). This training will introduce a tripartite model based on the meaning reconstruction framework and specifically look into grief and loss from a trauma-informed perspective. This will also equip you with the relevant meaning-oriented techniques to enable clients to revisit their loss experience and reconstruct their shattered lives in the aftermath of loss.


This course will help participants to:

  • Conceptualize the impacts of loss on one’s life using an integrative theoretical model
  • Apply meaning reconstructive intervention tools to facilitate one’s post-loss adjustments


  • Essential features of the shattered assumptive world and the Dual Process Model
  • Revisitation of a loss event using restorative retelling
  • Use of externalizing conversations for the inner grief
  • Re-examination of the shaken beliefs and personal footing in the aftermath of loss
  • Review of a loss experience in the context of personal loss history


Counsellors, healthcare workers, social workers, psychologists, school personnel, 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 in collaboration with Portland Institute.


This workshop is eligible to earn Credits for 1 Core Course for all PI Certification Programmes and 3 Techniques Modules towards Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction 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 31st Jan'23



Subsidies/ Funding S$

VCF pre-approved funding 

 To be advised



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. 


Contact Mr Dave Goh 

6593 5284

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Course Schedule

Duration 14 Hours
Dates 2 & 3 Mar 2023
Timing 9.00am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Dr Carolyn Ng
Venue(s) Online via Zoom