Organised By:
Children's Cancer Foundation

1) 1-day workshop by Prof Kenneth Doka
Date: 16 Jun 2016 (Thu)
Time: 09:00 - 1730

Disenfranchised Grief in the 21st Century: New Problems, New Strategies (with Conversation About Gender Differences)

It is suggested that different socialization experiences or biological differences cause men and women to exhibit distinct patterns in the way they experience, express, and adapt to grief. It is further suggested that the male role inhibits grieving because it emphasizes the regulation of emotional expression while diminishing the supposed need to seek support from others. Women, on the other hand, are more receptive to accepting help and more willing to express emotions, both of which are seen as facilitating the grief process. And Alan Wolfelt posits that men's grief is naturally more complicated because they cannot express emotion or seek help. Despite such claims, the research in the field of thanatology clearly challenges these perceptions. In one study conducted during the 1990s, the analysts evaluated the views of certified grief counselors and therapists as these pertain to gender differences in grief.

2) 2-day workshop by Dr Robert A Neimeyer
Date: 17-18 Jun 2016 (Fri-Sat)
Time: 09:00 - 1730

Day 1:  Processing the Event Story of the Death

Beginning with a discussion of the power of presence as a fundamental dimension of the therapeutic “holding environment,” we will consider how we can quickly assess our clients’ needs, particularly when they struggle with complicated, prolonged grief symptomatology.  We will then discuss how to foster a safe relational container for a healing “re-telling” of the loss experience, anchoring such work in both contemporary meaning reconstruction and dual process models and related research.  Drawing on clinical videos of clients contending with losses through cancer, sudden accident and suicide, we will learn to listen between the lines of the stories clients tell themselves and others about the death to grasp more fully the unvoiced meaning of their grief, and how we can help them integrate the event story of the death into the larger narrative of their lives.  Participants should conclude the session with sharpened skills for clinical assessment, a clearer appreciation for the challenge to meaning and spiritualty associated with violent death bereavement, and an expanded toolbox for using metaphor, body work and a variety of narrative procedures for helping clients make sense of the loss and their response to it.

Day 2:  Accessing the Back Story of the Relationship

Death may end a life, but not necessarily a relationship.  Drawing on attachment-informed and two-track models of bereavement, we will begin by considering grieving as a process of reconstructing rather than relinquishing our bonds with those who have died, and the circumstances that can interfere with this natural process.  Clinical videos bearing on the death of parents, children and spouses will sensitize participants to various impediments to revisiting and reorganizing the “back story” of the ongoing relationship with the deceased, as well as to several techniques that can help move such work forward.  Creative narrative, emotion-focused and performative methods will be presented and practiced for re-introducing the deceased into the social and psychological world of the bereaved, fostering a sustaining sense of connection and alliance with the loved one in embracing a changed future, and working through issues of guilt, anger and abandonment triggered by the death and the shared life that preceded it.  Participants will leave with several tools for assessing “pro-symptom positions” that complicate grieving, helping clients appreciate the role of the loved one in their construction of their own identities, and re-accessing and revising frozen dialogues with the deceased that hamper post-loss adaptation.

For Pre-conference Workshops only, kindly contact:

1)    Carolyn Ng
DID: 6229 3727
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2)    Vivian Tam
DID: 6229 3737
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  • Organised by:

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    Singapore Association of Social Workers
  • In Partnership with:

    Logo NUS
    Department of Social Work,
    National University of Singapore
  • Supported by:


    Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple


    Lee Foundation

    Lee Foundation

     Logo MOHMinistry of Health
    Logo MSF
    Ministry of Social &
    Family Development

  • Supported by:

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    Social Service

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  • logo SECB
    Singapore Exhibition and
    Convention Bureau
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  • Supported by:

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    Singapore Workforce
    Development Agency

  • AIC
    Agency for Integrated Care

  • CCF

    Children Cancer Foundation

  • Other Supporting Organisations:


     Care Corner Singapore

  • CGH

    Changi General Hospital

  • IMH

    Institute of Mental Health

  • Other Supporting Organisations:

    KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

  • NCCS
    National Cancer Centre Singapore

  • NHCS

    National Heart Centre Singapore

  • Other Supporting Organisations:

    National University Hospital

  • NG Teng FOng

    Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

  • SIM Uni

     SIM University

  • SGH

    Singapore General Hospital

  • TTSH

    Tan Tock Seng Hospital