Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training
Professional Development Program from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Date & Time:
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
McNeely Hall, MCH Room 100, University of St. Thomas. 2060 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
This program is approved by the NASW and the NBCC for six continuing education contact hours
Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and sometimes devastating impact on those left behind, called suicide survivors. Bereavement after suicide may entail high levels of disorientation, guilt, regret, anger, shame, and trauma. Survivors sometimes also find their relationships with other people changed, as they struggle with the social stigma often placed on suicide, and the altered family relationships that have been changed by the feelings of guilt, blame, and failure that suicide may engender. Survivors may also be at risk for elevated rates of complicated grief and future suicidality themselves. All of this makes surviving the suicide of a loved one a potentially life-transforming ordeal that requires a level of support that goes beyond traditional grief counseling. Yet very few mental health training programs devote any time to training clinicians about the challenging work of suicide postvention – helping survivors cope with the tragic loss.
This workshop will provide a focused overview of the impact of suicide on survivors, and the clinical and support responses that are needed after a suicide occurs. The workshop will include didactic presentation, group discussion, case examples from the presenter’s practice, and video clips from grief therapy sessions. These research-based techniques will help you gain confidence in working with survivors of suicide loss.
Topics will include:
- The psychological impact of suicide on survivors and common themes in the bereavement of survivors
- The impact of suicide on family functioning
- What research with survivors tells us is needed
- The tasks of loss integration and recovery for survivors
- Postvention options for survivors
- Principles of postvention after client suicide
- Principles of longer term clinical work with survivors
- Examples of specific clinical techniques that can be of use in grief therapy with survivors
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
John (Jack) Jordan, Ph.D., FT is an internationally renowned researcher and clinician in the field of suicide bereavement. He has specialized in work with survivors for more than 35 years. Jack is the Professional Advisor to AFSP’s national Loss and Bereavement Council. He has published over 50 clinical and research articles, chapters, and full books in the areas of bereavement after suicide, support group models, the integration of research and practice in thanatology, and loss in family and larger social systems. Among other books, Jack is the co-author of After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief, now available in a second edition.
Who the Workshop is for:
Licensed mental health professionals, counselors, social workers, clinicians, as well as clergy, and clinical students and interns
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