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Therapy Session Masterclass (TSM) Series: Working Together: A Suicide Loss Survivor and Her Grief Therapist

An online webinar 

Speakers: Dr John R Jordan, Ms Rebecca Ladd & Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn

Date: 23 February 2022, Wednesday
Location: Online streaming  (
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Times: 6:00pm to 9:00pm, London, UK time
CPD hours: 3

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The loss of a child to suicide can be devastating, and healing sometimes requires the support of a skilled mental health professional. At this interactive webinar, a mother who lost her young adult son to suicide and her grief therapist, with whom she worked for several years, will together highlight the journey through her mourning process.
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Dr John Jordan, acclaimed author of Attachment informed grief therapy: The clinician’s guide to foundations and applications and Grief after suicide: Understanding the consequences and caring for the survivors, will briefly provide a framework for understanding the therapeutic tasks at hand, and the client will describe in her own words (through dialogue and video recordings), what was helpful (and not helpful) about the therapy process. She will also discuss some of the changes in her grief that occurred over the course of her sessions.

Course objectives:

  • Identify aspects of grief that are different and / or more intense after a suicide
  • Better understand the experience of a person bereaved by suicide as a client in grief therapy
  • Describe the role of the therapeutic alliance in working with suicide loss survivors

The webinar is part of our newly launched Therapy Session Masterclass (TSM) Series and follows the format described below.

Therapy Session Masterclass (TSM) Series

“What would you have said to the client in this situation?” is a question that delegates often ask the speaker when attending training sessions hosted at nscience. While, as therapists, we can learn a lot from exposition and case illustrations, our learning can be significantly enhanced if we were to have the opportunity to watch senior clinicians and experts in their therapy sessions with clients – we can observe how they manage the narrative, how they respond to complex situations, what overall approach they follow and their individual format for therapeutic interactions.

With this approach in mind, we’ve launched the Therapy Session Masterclass (TSM) Series – a regular programme of evening sessions (each of which can be individually attended as a stand-alone event), moderated and led by Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn, where we will be inviting leading experts in Psychotherapy & Counselling – to let us observe them in clinical settings. Each of the sessions will have dedicated time for a demo therapy session (either video recorded or a live role-play), which will be followed by moderated interactions with delegates. Not only will delegates have the opportunity to see the invited experts in clinical settings but will also have a chance to quiz the expert on their choice of therapy methods.

As participants, we can also bring our own brief case vignettes that may be related to the topic at hand. A selection of these will be discussed by the invited expert. 

About the speakers

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 – 2nd Edition (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: The clinician’s guide to foundations and applications. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016.

Rebecca Ladd lives in Rhode Island, near the beach, which is her favorite place to be. She teaches Reading in schools, specializing in Structured Literacy. She is a wife, mother of three, and dog mom. She has too many interests and hobbies and spends all her free time designing and making things. She makes beautiful interiors, bowls, knives, clothing, knitting, jewelry, dot art, and whatever she dreams up from her endless well of creativity. Additionally, she sings classical choral music in serious choirs, and has from the age of five, when she sang in her dad’s church choir. She loves her dogs ridiculously, has many wonderful friends, and comes from a family of 10 children, raised by remarkable and artistic parents. Finally, she loves absurdity and believes in the impossible.

Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn has a background in Social Work Management and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and is a trainer for the North of England Association for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She held the position of Registrar of the British Psychoanalytic Council from 2005 to 2020 and chairs the Professional Standards Committee. She is the author of several papers, most notably those published in the British Journal of Psychotherapy and European Psychotherapy Journal. She has presented papers at conferences and devised and facilitated both seminars and workshops on a variety of subjects to both management dynamics and clinical topics.

She is part of the ScopEd project which is the collaboration between BACP, UKCP and BPC to map the core competencies for clinical work. She is on the Reading Panel of the British Journal of Psychotherapy and has a doctorate from the University of Northumbria. Her latest book: Guilt and Shame, A Clinician’s Guide is out now with nscience publishing house.

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