Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training
Nov. 8, 2019
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
9801 Natural Bridge Road
, Missouri 63134
For questions about this event, contact Linda Fehrmann at [email protected].
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
Lunch will be provided.
Don Belau, Ph.D., Over the past 40 years, Don has provided an array of professional services that have included: consultative school psychological services to various school districts focusing upon children, youth, and families; suicide prevention and suicide postvention consultative/training services on regional, state, and national levels; the provision of master’s level counseling instruction; the enhancement of state and regional youth and adult crisis response systems; and, the development of cancer survivor behavioral health supportive services.