Portland Institute

The Fundació Hospital Sant Jaume i Santa Magdalena and the Portland Institute of Loss and Transition  have agreed to establish a strategic alliance to promote and provide intensive training programs for grief and loss therapy in Spain and Portugal.

Because of the importance of having professionals from diverse disciplines trained in grief management models and techniques, these programs are aimed at psychologists and psychotherapists, as well as other health and social sector professionals.

Participants who hold the Certification issued by the Portland Institute and who meet the criteria for professionalism in their discipline and country may participate in the Portland Institute for Loss and Transitions Global Provider Network, which provides a potential source of clinical referrals for in-person therapy or through video-conferencing.

The Certification Program in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction has the Recognition of Health Interest Activity by the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya and is accredited by the Catalan Council for the Continuing Education of Health Professionals with the reference number 09/025079-PG.

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Certification Programs in “Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction”

The Portland Institute for Loss and Transition and the Fundació Hospital Sant Jaume i Santa Magdalena offer in Spain and Portugal a multiday Intensive Training to achieve both core level Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction and various areas of specialization, such as Dialogical Practices in Grief Therapy, which will be introduced in 2020.

Available programs

Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction

Certification in the Art of Grief Therapy

Certification in Dialogical Approaches to Grief

All core training provided in both Spanish and English

Portland Institute Accreditation

Upon completion of each Program, you will be certified by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.

Note: Students interested in Portland Institute for Loss and Transition certification must pay a $100 fee at the time of enrollment. This can be done at the following link:

Next on-site training

The current situation of Pandemic for Covid19 and the necessary movement restriction and assembly actions force us to postpone the trainings scheduled for June in Barcelona and Madrid.

Convinced of the need to have professionals trained in models and techniques to improve grief care and now more than ever in the current context in which many families have failed to say goodbye to their loved ones and in which so many have dead alone.

We will try to make this Portland Institute (Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer) training available again in Barcelona and Madrid, as soon as the situation becomes possible.