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)

Grief and Its Complications: Meaning Crises in the Landscape of Loss


In the course of counselling, you may come across clients who experienced unwelcomed transitions in life or lost their loved ones through death. This training will equip you with the fundamental understanding of grief and loss as a meaning crisis from the meaning reconstruction framework, as well as how to assess grievers’ adaptation and needs for support in the aftermath. A tripartite model encompassing a trauma-informed perspective to the event story of loss, an attachment-informed perspective to the relationship story between the griever and the lost object, and a resilience-informed perspective to the personal story of self will be introduced. Specific attention would be given to various high-risk profiles and warning signs that indicate possible complications in grief, as well as how complications may manifest in different manners for different grievers.

Course Objectives

This course will help participants to:

  • Describe the multifaceted manifestation of grief reactions
  • Conceptualize the impacts of loss from a tripartite model’s perspectives
  • Identify high-risk griever profiles using an integrative assessment framework
  • Differentiate complications in grief from adaptive coping with grief

Course Content

  • Common grief reactions and the determinants
  • A tripartite model of grief counselling based on meaning reconstruction framework
  • Formulation of assessment and intervention foci in grief counselling
  • Identification of high-risk groups and warning signs for complications in grief 

Who Should Attend

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 in collaboration with Portland Institute.


This workshop is eligible to earn Credits for 1 Core Course for all PI Certification Programmes and 2 Case Studies 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 15th Jan 2023



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

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. 

Application and Enquiries

Contact Mr Dave Goh 

6593 5284

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Course Schedule

Duration 14 Hours
Dates 13 & 14 Feb 2023
Timing 9.00am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Dr Carolyn Ng
Venue(s) Online via Zoom