Grief Therapy as a Quest for Meaning

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD ve Carolyn Ng, PsyD
Start Date: 21 Eylül 2024 10:00
End Date: 23 Eylül 2024 17:00
Price: 1.085 USD
Grief Therapy as a Quest for Meaning: A Clinician’s Toolbox

3-day training by

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD and Carolyn Ng, PsyD 

In collaboration with Portland Institute and Psychology Istanbul

The world renowned expert on the field of loss and grief, clinician, writer, researcher and founder of Portland Institute for Loss and Transition Prof. Dr. Robert Neimeyer and Dr. Carolyn Ng will meet our country's experts with his first face-to-face workshop on September 21-22-23, 2024! By participating in this advanced program approved by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, you can deepen your knowledge of grief and loss with research-based approaches and more effectively support the healing processes of yourself, your clients, and the people you support.

This program, will not only broaden and deepen grief therapy's ability to process grief therapy as a search for meaning, but also help clients make better sense of the loss, find more security in their ongoing connection with the deceased, and become more confident in both life and their identities. It aims to help them search for deep meaning. In this workshop, where you will have the chance to improve your theoretical background while increasing your clinical skills with rich materials and video demonstrations, you will also have the chance to apply many therapeutic tools you will learn while working with grief.


DAY 1: Trauma-Informed Grief Therapy


  • Framing the Work:  A Tripartite Model of Meaning Reconstruction
  • Loss Epicenters in Life: Tracing our Transitions
  • Uses of Presence: Grounding Practices for Grief Therapy
  • Building My Storm House: Seeking Shelter in Times of Stress 

DAY 2: Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy


  • The Relationship Tree:  Cultivating the Continuing Bond
  • From Pain to Gain:  Pruning and Retaining Memories
  • Imaginal Dialogues:  Re-writing the Terms of Attachment with the Deceased
  • A Grief Observed:  The Choreography of Connection

DAY 3: Resilience-Informed Grief Therapy


  • Poetics of Practice:  Awakening the Imagination
  • Turning Points:  Finding our Authentic Selves
  • Composition Work:  Mapping our Inner Landscape
  • Shift Happens: Re-Composing the Self and System

Learning Objectives:

  • Conceptualize common obstacles in moving forward with adaptive grief and list tools for overcoming them
  • Use a flexible technique for helping clients name and claim their losses and their implications
  • Identify strategies for grounding clients to swiftly address their core pain while mitigating anxiety and re-traumatization
  • Master a simple tool for helping clients recruit sources of safety and support in times of troubling transition
  • Practice a creative technique for voicing and releasing ambivalence in relationships with the deceased
  • Outline structural and procedural steps to facilitate transformative dialogues between the living and the dead
  • Describe four forms of creative writing that promote clarity, insight and perspective taking in grief
  • Implement a visual and tactile mapping of shifting identity and its transformation through life transitions


1085 USD until July 1, 2024

1310 USD until 1 September 2024

Starting from September 1, 2024, it is 1420 USD


Graduates and students of all mental health departments, graduates and senior students of social services, child development and education departments, family physicians and nurses, family counselors.


Between 10:00-17:00 on September 21-22-23, 2024. It will be held simultaneously face to face at Radisson Blu Şişli Hotel.

**The number of people who can attend live is limited, please register before our quota is full.


Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, and maintains an active consulting and coaching practice.  He also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, which provides both onsite and online training internationally in grief therapy.  Neimeyer has published 35 books, including New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Bereavement and Beyond and The Handbook of Grief Therapies, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies.  The author of over 600 articles and book chapters and a frequent workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process. Neimeyer served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement.  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.

Carolyn Ng, PsyD

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, MMSAC, RegCLR, maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition, for training, supervision and therapy in Singapore, while she also serves as Associate Director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.  Previously, she was a Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling.  She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, Australia.  She is 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, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) by LivingWorks, Canada.  She is also a trained end-of-life doula and advanced care planning facilitator.  Her recent writing concerns meaning-oriented narrative reconstruction with bereaved families, with an emphasis on conversational approaches for fostering new meaning and action.

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