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Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Workshop: working with the loved ones left behind

A one-day training workshop

Speaker: John R. Jordan
Date: 16 May 2020, Saturday
Location: Online streaming only
Times: 10:00am to 5:00pm
CPD hours: 6

Ticket price per delegate for online streaming of the event: £135

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While many mental health training programmes focus on suicidality risks and prevention, surprisingly little training is available for therapeutic work with suicide loss survivors – the friends and family who have to cope with the abrupt loss of a loved one. Survivors may struggle with high levels of disorientation, guilt, regret, anger, shame and trauma. Survivors sometimes 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. Moreover, survivors may also often be at risk for elevated rates of complicated grief and future suicidality themselves. All of these factors make surviving the suicide of a loved one a potentially life-transforming ordeal, that requires a level of support that goes beyond traditional grief counselling.

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Full Course Information

This workshop has been developed by Dr John R. Jordan specifically for mental health professionals who provide grief therapy for suicide loss survivors.Using examples from actual bereavement therapy sessions, the workshop provides a focused overview of the impact of suicide on survivors, and the clinical and support responses that are needed after the tragic suicide of a loved one. The workshop will include didactic presentation, Q&A with the participants, group discussion and case examples from the presenter’s practice.

Using clinical vignettes and client videos, the workshop will specifically explore:

  • Research about who is a survivor and the potential risks to their own mental health and well-being
  • The psychological impact of suicide on survivors and common themes in bereavement
  • What research with survivors tells us about the help they need with healing
  • The tasks of loss integration and recovery for survivors 
  • Postvention options for survivors
  • Principles of longer term clinical work with survivors
  • Examples of specific clinical techniques that can be of use in grief therapy with survivors

Learning Objectives:

  • Offer a working definition of a suicide survivor
  • Identify at least five common themes in the impact of suicide on survivors
  • List tasks of psychological re-integration after suicide
  • Describe several options for intervention with survivors
  • Describe three categories of clinical technique with survivors

Overall, the aim is to facilitate working with suicide loss survivors so as to assist with their psychological re-integration and to find the support resources needed.

About the speaker

John R Jordan, Ph.D. John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island where he has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other traumatic losses for more than 40 years. He is the Clinical Consultant for the Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He is Co-Chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Jack is also the co-author of four books: “After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief – 2ndEdition” (2015 – self-published);Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors” (Routledge, 2011), “Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs”(Springer, 2012); and “Attachment Informed Grief Therapy” (Routledge, 2016).

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