Online certification and training for your grief counseling practice

Hope For All

Grief literacy, support training, and creative tools for meaning making after loss and providing hope for both practitioners and your clients / groups.

The Creative Grief Studio, co-founded in 2012, offers specialized grief certification and training for counselors, coaches, doulas, support group facilitators, body workers, artists, teachers and other helping professionals, whatever your niche, through our 4-month, 100% online interactive program. Below is a 20 minute video introduction to what the Certification program is and how it works:

Creatively Raise Your Grief Literacy Levels

If you wish to become certified as a creative grief specialist or are looking for fresh perspectives and new, highly creative ways to enhance your grief support practice, including how a social justice lens can enhance your practice and clients’ experiences, the Creative Grief Studio Practitioners Program is for you!

Our online creative grief certification program provides training in contemporary grief support approaches that are richly supported by research and offers reflective, imaginative, and enjoyable ways to help your clients create meaningful pathways through loss. Our coursework focuses on material relevant to the full range of types of loss, not only the death of a loved one.

At Creative Grief Studio we share a deep value for the significance of life. We want to create a world where, in the face of great loss and grief, we appreciate and care for the uniqueness, preciousness, and significance of all grief and life experiences.

We do not view grief as a kind of illness or brokenness. We’re doing it differently.

Grieving people don’t need grief experts. We train creative, flexible, humble, and respectful grief support counselors and coaches. We center our attention on clients’ experiences, needs and resilience as they face their losses and bereavement.

Through our online grief support practitioners training we help you create new conversations with your clients as equals; conversations which hold theories loosely in favor of centralizing a client’s experience, voice and choices. Brave conversations that ask both client and practitioner, as equals, to reflect on their biases and prejudices. Conversations that support clients to craft their own preferred way of living with or after great loss.

Grieving and making meaning after loss is something we do together. In Creative Grief Studio we are passionate about conversations and creative activities that create a sense of belonging and connectedness, agency and hope, and we know that we can create that together.

Click the button below to Apply Now, or click Certification in the top menu to see many other pages of information about this program.

Want more information? Download & Listen to our free 90 minute MP3 class: An Introduction To Creative Grief Support

In this 90 minute call, our team members Cath Duncan, Gail Syring, Yvonne Lucia, Tamara Beachum, Lori Boyer, and Kara Jones cover the core theories and values underpinning our approach to Creative Grief Support:

  • Grief experiences are diverse
  • Hope, belonging, agency
  • Relational approach
  • Potential roles of shame in grieving
  • Ethics of Creative Grief Support
  • Creativity and the experiential nature of this course

You’ll also hear a few of our Alumni – Carol Miller, Valerie Waymark, and Gail Simon Darlington – sharing different aspects of their experience as students in our course and practicing grief support professionals.


Click here to download the call.

Here are all the details you’ll need to apply for our program!

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