Academy of Human Development

FREE CONSULTATION: 65 - 6425 - 2422

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

Lessons of Loss: A Clinician's Toolbox


From the moment we are born to the time we die, life confronts us just as it does our clients with the ongoing lessons of loss—of people, places, projects, possibilities, possessions and professions that give our lives meaning. And whether these unwelcome changes arise from bereavement or non-death transitions such as immigration, illness, injury, injustice or interpersonal conflict, we can become mired in grief and bitterness or use these same difficult passages as spurs to growth.

But how are we as therapists, counselors and clinicians to work with such a range of losses in practical terms? This two-day workshop answers this question by offering a generous toolbox of strategies for not only identifying and giving voice to often ambiguous and disenfranchised losses, but also bringing to bear on these same challenges our signature strengths in a way that fosters their transformation, and with it, our own. Through systematic instruction, practical demonstration and coaching in the use of multiple therapeutic techniques, participants will leave the workshop better prepared to partner with clients in bearing witness to their invisible grief, as well as recruiting resources to facilitate their growth.


  • Identify and map implicit and marginalized losses
  • Pinpoint sources of stigmatization, judgment and avoidance in the social field
  • Use guided imagery to explore the impact of relational and occupational loss
  • Discern readiness to change in valued directions
  • Use a narrative protocol to unearth hidden resources
  • Evaluate core meanings that sustain life purposes
  • Find the hidden coherence in your life story and its implications for your future


  • Giving Voice to the Loss

    • What Have You Lost? Speaking the silent story
    • Thematic Loss Timelines: Untangling the strands
    • Social Invalidation: Assessing disenfranchised grief
    • Visualizing Transitions: Imagining loss of relationship or career
  • Reconstructing the Self
    • What Are You Ready to Change? Identifying growth through grief
    • FIND Your Strengths: An interview protocol to foster resilience
    • Purpose in Life: Discerning guiding values
    • Drafting a Life Portrait: The secret that makes your life whole


Helping professionals like counsellors, social workers, therapists, psychologists, pastoral staff, community/outreach workers, befrienders/volunteers, and people who are keen in rendering grief support.


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by Portland Institute for Loss and Transition & Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fee (Nett)


Early Bird Course Fee (Nett) *Register and payment before 31 Mar 2020


*Join for the entire 4-day series and enjoy a special Bundle Rate*

Check out the other 2-day workshop offered by Dr Darcy L. Harris on Compassion-Based Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses on 7-8 Jul 2020



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 30% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff (Ref No. PAS00001996, End date of approval: 20 Jan 2021)




Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is Director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, and also maintains an active clinical practice. Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has published 30 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy and Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning (both with Routledge), and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and book chapters, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process, both in his published work and through his frequent professional workshops for national and international audiences. Neimeyer has alsoserved as Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement and President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning. For more information, see:


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Course Schedule

Dates 02 & 03 Jul 2020
Timing 9.00am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Dr Robert A. Neimeyer
Venue(s) TBA