Pre & Post-Conference


Supporting Grieving Children and Adolescents: A Multi-Modal Exploration

Childhood grief and loss experiences can have a lifelong impact on a child’s psycho-social well-being. This two-day workshop will present an overview of how children and adolescents at various age and developmental stages experience and express grief.

Participants will explore the application of creative interventions to children and adolescents who have experienced a loss. A variety of techniques and modalities will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to develop and practice their skills in using these techniques.


1)  To introduce the unique features of childhood bereavement.

2)  To equip participants with some practical tools using various modalities to engage and support bereaved children and adolescents.

3) To highlight high-risk groups and warning signs for possible needs of referrals to formal professional support/specialists.

Day 1: 

Introduction to grief and loss in children and adolescents

  • Barriers in working with children and adolescents in grief and loss
  • Personal Experience and Belief
  • Common myths and misconceptions
  • Children’s understanding of death
  • Developmental stages and children’s grief
  • Grief complications in children and adolescents

Day 2: 

Introduction to the use of creative approaches in working with children and adolescents

  • Neuroscience and the use of creative approaches
  • Overview of creative therapy approaches
  • Play therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Expressive arts therapy
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Application: Creative communication with grieving children and adolescents
  • Application: Use of creative approaches in self-care

Workshop Facilitators


Ms Fion Yip

Fion is a Principal Social Worker and Play Therapist with the Children’s Cancer foundation.  She was trained in Hong Kong and Australia, and has worked with children with cancer and their families in Hong Kong and Singapore for more than 10 years.  She is passionate in children work and interested in using different modalities in doing therapeutic work with them.  Besides Play Therapy, she is now in the midst of pursuing certification in Animal-Assisted Therapy with the hope to bring in more experiential varieties to enrich and enhance her therapeutic work with children.

Ms Cheryl Lee

Cheryl is an Assistant Senior Social Worker and Expressive Arts Therapist with the Children’s Cancer Foundation. She has been working with children with cancer and their families, at different points along the illness trajectory, from initial diagnosis and active treatment, to remission and/or grief and bereavement. Cheryl sees clients individually and also conducts therapy groups for childhood cancer survivors with disabilities and caregivers in bereavement.

Ms Yenn Ang

Yenn is a Registered Art and Sandplay Therapist with the Children’s Cancer Foundation. She supports children and youths impacted by cancer through art therapy, and conducts weekly open studios at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the National University Hospital. Yenn also runs therapy groups for caregivers in bereavement.

Ms Joanne Ng

Joanne is a Social Worker and Play Therapist with the Children’s Cancer Foundation. She believes in the healing power of play and uses play therapy in her work with children, who have cancer, as well as those who are anticipating a loss or have experienced a death of a loved one from cancer. She has received specialized training in Sandplay Therapy, Filial Play Coaching, Theraplay ® and Trauma-focused Cognitive Based Therapy (TF-CBT). Joanne also conducts annual bereavement groupwork for bereaved children, adolescents and their surviving caregivers.
































Grief and Bereavement 101

As a helping professional or volunteer, or in other relevant capacities, you may encounter people who have lost their significant others through death and thus experience the resulting grief.  This two-day workshop will help you grasp an understanding of some common grief reactions and the various factors underlying the individual differences.  It will also equip you with some fundamental guidelines and tools in how to journey with the bereaved as they sail through the ups and downs in grief.  It will highlight some warning signs as well to help you identify any complications manifested by the bereaved in their post-loss adjustments that may require referrals to the relevant specialists.

Day 1:

  • Overview of grief and loss 
  • Introduction of common grief reactions to death-related loss
  • Review of grief reactions from developmental perspectives
  • Examination of various influencing factors that shape one’s grief reactions
  • Introduction of an assessment framework for grief interventions

Day 2:

  • Introduction of an integrated model for supporting the bereaved
  • Examination of possible complications in grief
  • Processing personal loss history and its implications
  • Reflection on self-care issues

Workshop Facilitator


Dr Carolyn Ng

Dr. Carolyn Ng, Psy.D. is currently a private practitioner and Associate Director with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. Previously, she was a Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling support. She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). She is also a Fellow in Thanatology registered with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), USA, as well as a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, Australia. She completed her doctoral training in psychology with California Southern University, USA. In addition to her certifications in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Narrative Therapy, she is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). She is certified as an Advanced Care Planning facilitator as well.

Her wide counselling experiences include grief and loss issues and crisis interventions. She also assumed supervisory roles to counsellors, social workers and therapists in diverse settings. She conducts training workshops in Singapore and other countries including Malaysia, China, Bhutan and Australia.