Grief Recovery Method Training (27th – 30th June 2016)

GRMlogo_side_r_colorTiming: 27th June – 30th June 2016, 9am – 5pm (Open for Registration)
Place: Relationship Enhancement Institute (Click HERE for map)
Main Trainer: Amanda E Lambros (Click on Trainer’s name to know more about her)
Supporting Trainer: Russell Friedman

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® – Trainer

Amanda E Lambros

The four-day Grief Recovery Method Certification Training (Click HERE for video) is an intensive, experiential, and didactic course that will change how you think and what you know about grief and recovery from loss. You will acquire a new awareness about grief and better skills to help grievers with the actions of The Grief Recovery Method.

The uniqueness of the program lies in the essential idea that grief is a normal and natural emotional reaction to loss. Although that is an accurate statement, the majority of guidance for grieving people tends to move them toward their intellects to deal with their pain. “Grievers don’t wind up at our door with broken heads, they arrive with broken hearts.”

We insist that our participants in the training be willing to take the same emotional actions they are going to ask of the people they help. Our training is exclusively focused on helping people deal with what remains emotionally incomplete at the time of a death, a divorce, or other loss.

So, what will the training mean to you?

You will be trained and authorized by The Grief Recovery Institute® to facilitate the 12-week Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program for groups, the 7-session One-on-One Grief Recovery Method Program for individuals, and the 6-week Helping Children Deal with Loss Program to guide adults in helping the children in their care.

You will be able to announce your affiliation with The Grief Recovery Institute and to align yourself with the intellectual properties we have developed over the past thirty years. You will also have ongoing access to our mentoring support.

The Training Includes

  • The Grief Recovery Manual with our three program formats and study materials
  • Unlimited support over the phone and online. We will mentor you every step of the way as you apply The Grief Recovery Method
  • Access to our online membership area with exclusive content only available to Certified Grief Recovery Specialists®
  • You will be added to our Referral Network. We put grievers in touch with our Certified Grief Recovery Specialists every day
  • Materials to develop speeches and in-services to assist you in bringing the concepts of The Grief Recovery Method to organizations or groups within your community.

Loss is Our Only Issue

The element that most distinguishes our program from others is the singular focus on helping people deal with the conflicting emotions caused by the change or end in anything familiar. The list of losses that produce grief includes more than 40 life events, so dealing with loss is a full-time task for us.

Who is this training for?

Mental Health Professionals: Many therapists believe that The Grief Recovery Method is the missing link for completing the discoveries that have surfaced during their work with clients, as well as a major adjunct to effective ongoing therapy. They are able to expand their practice with a Grief Recovery Specialty.

Clergy and Hospice: More than any other professional group, the clergy and hospice staff are most likely to be involved when a family has experienced the death of a loved one or an issue of loss.

Funeral Professionals: In addition to the clergy, this is the primary group that is literally there at the time of loss. The bottom-line reality is that a grieving family is sitting in a funeral director’s office in the days after a death. It behooves all who interact with the bereaved to have the most effective tools for dealing with the emotions caused by death.

Life Coaches, Educators, and Massage Therapists: Since The Grief Recovery Method Certification Training is an educational process, rather than therapy, all that is required is a loving heart and a genuine desire to help grieving people.

People whose lives have been altered by loss: Many people who have experienced major devastating losses feel compelled to help others. However noble the intentions, that desire must be matched by effective information and a workable program.

Correct language is Crucial To Recovery

Three decades of working with grieving people has taught us how critical every word can be for them. Grievers constantly hear, “You have to let go and move on.” That may seem poetic and sound reassuring, but it’s terrible advice that leaves them confused and asking these questions: “Let go of what?” “Move on to where?” and, “How do I do that?”

The Certification Training will help you understand a host of language flaws that leave grievers feeling unsafe and therefore unwilling to take the actions of recovery. You’ll also learn why grievers tend to intellectualize their grief which causes long-term emotional distress and moves them away from the possibility of recovery. You’ll learn how to help them move from head to heart so that recovery is actually possible.

Principle, Action and Publications

Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by a change or end of a familiar pattern of behavior. That guiding principle allows willing participants to discover and complete what was left emotionally unfinished by a death, a divorce, or other loss.

Recovery from grief or loss is achieved by a series of small and correct actions taken by the griever. The primary purpose of the Certification Training is to teach you how to help grieving people take the actions of The Grief Recovery Method.

The principles and actions of Grief Recovery were established in the first edition of The Grief Recovery Handbook, self-published by John W. James in 1986. Now in its third major revision (The 20th Anniversary Edition by John W. James and Russell Friedman), it has been read and used by more than one million people. In 2001, HarperCollins published John and Russell’s second book, When Children Grieve. “Once in a generation, a book comes along that alters the way society views a topic.” Bernard McGrane, Professor of Sociology, Chapman University.

Early Bird Fee: S$1,950 (Payment to be received before 15th May 2016)
Regular Fee: S$2,150

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Clinical Social Work & Counseling Supervision Workshop (31st Aug – 2nd Sept 2015)

In this course Therapeutic Course (Hawkins and Shohet 7 eyed Model), you will learn:

  • maps and models of the supervision process
  • experiential training in using the seven modes of supervision
  • opportunities to work in triads, as supervisor, supervisee and observer
  • an exploration of contracting for different types of supervision and managing supervision boundaries
  • exploring different skills needed for individual and group supervision



Conducted by: CSTD London (Centre for Supervision and Team Development)
Certified CSTD Trainer: Joan Wilmot, Co- Founded CSTD in 1979 (Click HERE to read more about her OR download her bio HERE)
Time: 9am – 5pm
Date: 31st Aug – 2nd Sept 2015
Venue: 30 Orange Grove Road (RELC International Hotel, next to Shangri La Hotel) #07-03 S(258352)
Early Bird Registration: $1,450* (Payment through paypal OR cheque by 30th June 2015)
Usual Price: $1,550

Download registration form HERE*

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*Both registration form and cheque can be mailed together. See registration form for details.

Clinical Social Work & Counselling Supervision Workshop (3rd – 4th Oct 2013)

In this highly interactive workshop we’ll look at the essential components of clinical supervision—leadership styles and time management, use of parallel process and groups, ethics and accountability. At the core we’ll walk through the developmental stages of clinical development so you can anticipate and address the challenges and dangers ahead as they hone their skills. Most of all, through real-life examples, role plays, videos (and a touch of humor) you will learn how to think as a supervisor and how to avoid the most common mistakes. Whether you are a new supervisor in a helping profession, supervising other supervisors, or wanting to gain a fresh perspective, this program will leave you feeling creative and energized.

Why will you learn and benefit?
• To be a creative supervisor by using a concise 4-stage model;
• How to best supervise both inexperienced and experienced clinician;
• To apply your clinical skills to formulate individual supervisory goals and plans;
• The key liability, diversity and ethical issues;
• Parallel process for both case management and staff communication;
• What type of group supervision to use when;
• What to do when you feel stuck;
• To analyze your own leadership style;
• How to make anxiety your friend and key to assessment and supervisory process; and,
• When and how to use live supervision to increase staff skills.

• Practical ways of moving the beginner to seasoned professional
• Concrete ways of using the parallel process to change the workplace culture
• How to avoid creating a crisis-oriented workplace
• Determine the difference between consultation and supervision
• Ethics: The 4 Key Components
• How to avoid the burn-out of new clinicians

Training Dates: 3rd-4th October 2013, 9-5pm
Early Bird Price: S$990 (Before 31st August)
Regular Price: S$1,250
Venue: Relationship Enhancement Institute

Before you make payment, do make sure you submit your registration form to Download form HERE.

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Choice Theory

In  4 days, participants will learn:

• The five basic needs that drive behavior, and how to utilize this knowledge with yourself and others.

• The four parts of total behavior,and how you can use this to manage your emotions effectively and rapidly achieve outcomes.

• The quality world which represents the source of motivation and inspiration, and how to access this for yourself, your staff and clients.

• The three major perceptual filters, through which we view the world and create our own reality.

• Dr Glasser’s ‘Car Metaphor’ as developed through The Doug Dragster Program and Cars’R’Us Kit. You can use these to explain and simplify the model, and assist people through a gentle, highly effective process to manage change.

• How to apply Choice Theory to Lead Managing, to create systems that provide high levels of quality and the best outcomes.

• How to apply Choice Theory to problem solving also using The Doug Dragster Program and Cars’R’Us, Learn the most effective questions to ask to assist people to help themselves.

• How to create a more peaceful life, by giving up trying to control others or allowing others to control us.

• Learn the basics of The Doug Dragster Program. The program helps equip children and adults with the keys to taking control of their own lives and become confident, strong and resilient. The program provides a framework to develop good relationships and emotional intelligence.

Trainer: Ivan Honey (Author of Doug Dragster Program)
Training Dates: TBA
Price: TBA
Venue: Relationship Enhancement Institute

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The Doug Dragster Program

The Doug Dragster Program is a comprehensive and holistic program, which provides practical framework for personal well being, social and emotional learning and Independent problem solving, Children learn a simple series of integrated visual images that provide a model to understand and manage behaviour in order to optimize well-being and success.

What is the Doug Dragster Program?

The program revolves around the story of a group of cars who are on the journey of life and discovery. They are confronted by challenges which they overcome with the help of a mysterious Magic Book. The car characters then explain the process in detail through a learning journal of cartoons and fact sheets from the Ministry of Cars (Doug Dragster’s Magic Book). It is designed as an enduring and practical resource and reference for young people as they move towards adulthood.

Click HERE for the detailed curriculum.

Trainer: Ivan Honey (Author of Doug Dragster Program)
Training Dates: TBA
Price: TBA
Venue: Relationship Enhancement Institute
*Suitable for both adults and children alike.

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The Grief Recovery Method® Questionnaire

Are you Moving Beyond Relationship Losses?
Our Grief Recovery Method Questionnaires  will tell you why….

Our time proven method is based in part on helping grievers create a new level of awareness. Part of that process is helping you to better understand all of the different life experiences that produce grief.
These questions are only a partial list of the possible LOSSES we can experience.

Grief Questionnaire Yes No
Did you move more than twice before the age of 10?
Did you ever have a pet die?
Did you have early childhood religious training?
Have you experienced a major change in financial conditions?
Have you ever quit a job?  Have you ever been fired?
Have you ever been married or divorced?
Did you graduate from high school? …from college?
Have you experienced the death of a close family member?
Have you experienced the death of a distant family member?
Were you physically abused during childhood? …as an adult?
Were you sexually abused during childhood? …as an adult?
Have you ever been involved with a miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion?
Do you have a strained or painful relationship with a living parent(s), spouse, or friend in your work environment?
Do you harbor any resentments or ill-feelings toward a deceased parent(s), spouse, friend, or relative?
Have you ever experienced the loss of the use or function of any part of your body?
Have you ever experienced the death of a spouse?
Are there long stretches of your childhood that you cannot remember?
Have you experienced a series of illnesses or accidents?
Have you been involved in long series of unsuccessful relationships?




If you answered YES to ANY of the above questions, there is a strong probability that you were also indoctrinated with a whole host of MISINFORMATION about dealing with the pain caused by loss.

You may have been led to believe that:
• You have to bury sad feelings.
• Time heals all wounds.
• You should be strong for others.
• You have to keep busy.
• It was just God’s will.

GRIEF is the NORMAL and NATURAL reaction to loss. We grieve for everything. Yet, the clichés listed above and the hundreds of others not listed may have caused you to COVER up your normal and natural responses to LOSS. Unresolved loss is cumulative and cumulatively negative.

You may have been influenced to believe that there was something wrong with you, that you were defective. The simple truth is that you may not have much helpful information with which to GRIEVE and COMPLETE the losses that have occurred in your life.  Consequently, you may have spent, and continue to spend an inordinate amount of time and energy covering up the painful feelings associated with loss.

Hello from Relationship Enhancement Institute (REI)

Over at REI, we we are committed to extend a tradition of innovation and openness to advance the human community, reaching toward people across race, class, culture, religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

We pioneer Sandplay Therapy in Singapore and are proud organizers of several other renowned therapy programs hosted in this region.

Here are our Professional Trainers:

Dr. Barbara Turner
Ivan Honey
Robert Taibbi, LCSW