Loss Survivors Workshop

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hosts Free Workshop for Survivors of Suicide Loss: Finding Hope & Healing

Date & Time:

Thursday, October 25, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Free to attend, registration required


McNeely Hall, MCH Room 100, University of St. Thomas. 2060 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


As a survivor of suicide loss, have you ever wanted to talk to a leader in the field of suicide bereavement? This is your chance to hear from Jack Jordan, a nationally recognized expert in suicide bereavement research and clinical practice.

This workshop will draw on the presenter’s years of experience as a grief counselor specializing in work with suicide loss survivors to describe the remarkable pathways of healing that survivors can travel.

This interactive workshop will also include ample opportunity for Q&A. This is a unique opportunity to bring your burning questions to this leading expert in suicide bereavement!

Topics will include:
• Suicide “101”: facts & figures; framing the topic; risk factors
• How Is Grief After Suicide Different?: prominent themes for survivors; family impact; post-traumatic growth; myths of grief recovery
• How Can I Survive?: self-care; when to seek professional help; types of support for survivors


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:

This workshop is intended mainly for survivors of suicide loss, but is also open to other interested community members and those attending the Suicide Bereavement Clinician’s Training Program.

What the Workshop covers:

The presentation will cover topics such as: the impact of suicide on individuals and the family as a group; some of the misunderstandings of grief recovery; things that survivors can do to help themselves; and when to seek professional help. The workshop is geared toward people who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide, but will also be of value to those who wish to support a grieving loss survivor, and to professional caregivers such as therapists and clergy who are working with survivors. The format will include a presentation, case examples from the presenter’s practice, and plenty of time for questions and answers with the audience.


All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.

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