2018 Workshops

Interested in registering for one of my workshops this year? 

In collaboration with various hosting institutions, associations or local organizers, I'm offering experiential training in grief therapy suitable for a range of professionals, including social workers, psychologists, counselors, psychotherapists, chaplains, nurses and more, in a number of cities in the United States and abroad.  Simply contact the local organizers or navigate to their web sites for more information.


Note:  Credit toward interested participants'

Certification in Meaning Reconstruction in Loss

is available for all workshops in collaboration with the

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. 

Click the image at right for more details.



February 23, Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, PA 

Full-day workshop on Grief and the Quest for Meaning: The Spiritual Arc of Tragic Loss.  Addresses the concept of complicated spiritual grief, when mourners experience a rupture in their relationship to God and their faith community, as well as procedures for psychospiritual intervention including restorative retelling, directed journaling, and virtual dream stories.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 1 Optional Course for Level 2 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.  For more information and registration, contact Dave DeRemerhere.


March 7,  ASEPCO, Madrid, Spain (Language of instruction:  Spanish)
10-hour workshop on Techniques of Grief Therapy:  Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved.  Strategies for helping clients process and integrate the event story of the death and to access and reconnect to a healing back story of their life with their loved one.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 2 Core Courses for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.
  For more information and registration, clickhere.


March 9-10, Universidad Ramon Llull, Barcelona (Language of instruction:  Spanish)
2-day workshop on Techniques of Grief Therapy:  Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved.  Strategies for helping clients process and integrate the event story of the death and to access and reconnect to a healing back story of their life with their loved one.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 2 Core Courses for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. For more information, write Guillem Feixas here.


March 24, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Chicago
1-day workshop on Techniques of Grief Therapy:  Processing the Event Story of the Death.  Strategies for helping clients process and integrate the narrative of the death, with a focus on immersive and reflective procedures for restorative retelling and meaning reconstruction.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 1 Core Course for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. For more information, visitthe conference websitehere.


April 24-25, Association for Death Education and Counseling, Pittsburgh

Two-day Advanced Course:  Complicated Bereavement and Grief Therapy.  Covers contemporary models of bereavement, current diagnostic status of grief therapy, and case-based training in principles and practices of trauma-informed, as well as attachment-informed approaches to grief therapy.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 2 Core Courses for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. For more information and to register, click here.


May 7, 8, 9, Children's Cancer Foundation, Singapore


May 7:  Day long workshop on Grief and Its Complications:  Loss and the Search for Meaning.  Includes contemporary models of bereavement as illustrated by clinical videos, and their implication of bereavement support, as well as in-depth consideration of complicated, prolonged and traumatic grief and its diagnostic formulation.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 1 Core Course for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. 


May 8:  Day long workshop:  Tracing Our Path, Integrating Our Loss.  Participants are coached in a toolbox of techniques for identifying their grieving styles, situating experiences of loss in the larger structure of their self-narratives over time, and engage in close process study of a session of therapy with a mother bereaved by the stillbirth of her newborn, approached through and adaptation of restorative retelling.  Finally, they practice a training and supervisory technique called Questioning Our Questions to cultivate their skills as reflective practitioners.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 2 Techniques modules and 1 Case study for Level 1 Certification, and for 1 Core Course for Level 2 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. 


May 9:  Day long workshop:  Validating the Loss, Reconstructing the Bond.  Participants are coached in a toolbox of techniques for exploring ambiguous, non-death related losses, conducting imaginal dialogues with the deceased, and engaging in constructive supervision and assessment, as well as processing a full session of therapy with a woman contending with complicated grief for a period of over 20 years.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 2 Techniques modules and 1 Case study for Level 1 Certification, and for 1 Core Course for Level 2 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. 


For more information about this training series, write Christine Lim here.


May 13-14, Taichung, Taiwan (Language of instruction:  English with Chinese translation)

2-day workshop on Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction.  Strategies for helping clients process and integrate the event story of the death and to access and reconnect to a healing back story of their life with their loved one.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 2 Core Courses for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. 


May 16, Hualien, Taiwan 

Day long workshop on Grief and Its Complications:  Loss and the Search for Meaning.  Includes contemporary models of bereavement as illustrated by clinical videos, and their implication of bereavement support, as well as in-depth consideration of complicated, prolonged and traumatic grief and its diagnostic formulation.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 1 Core Course for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. 


For more information on the Taiwan training series, write Richard Wonghere.


July 10-11, Leeds, UK
2-day workshop on Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction.  Strategies for helping clients process and integrate the event story of the death and to access and reconnect to a healing back story of their life with their loved one.  Note:  Participants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 2 Core Courses for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.
For more information and registration, write Gillian Clark here.


July 14, Bristol, UK
1-day workshop on Techniques of Grief Therapy:  Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved.  Strategies for helping clients process and integrate the event story of the death and to access and reconnect to a healing back story of their life with their loved one.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 1 Core Course for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. For more information and registration, write Cruse Bristol here.


August 2, International Network for Personal Meaning, Vancouver, Canada
1-day workshop on Grief Therapy and the Reconstruction of Meaning:  A Practicum.  Presents videos of two single-session therapies in their entirety, offering a close process analysis of each to reveal the therapist’s moment-to-moment reading of each client’s need and readiness to engage in specific meaning reconstruction tasks.  Then, bridging from viewing to doing, participants are coached in applying these same skills in a dyadic practicum session with other workshop members.  NoteParticipants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 2 Dyadic Practicum modules and 2 Case studies for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. For more information and registration, write Paul Wong here.


August 24, Cincinnati
Day-long workshop on Techniques of Grief Therapy:  Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved.  Strategies for helping clients process and integrate the event story of the death and to access and reconnect to a healing back story of their life with their loved one.  Note: Participants in this workshop are eligible for credit for 1 Core Course for Level 1 Certification by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.  For more information and registration, contact Jan Borgman here


NoteA Fall Series of workshops in Canada, Mexico and the USA is currently under development, so check back as details are finalized.