Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training — AFSP

Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training

Apr. 10, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

410 Atkinson Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Register today

For questions about this event, contact Eric Tash 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

A Cultural Session has been added at the beginning of the Clinician Training that reflects our Hawai’i values and guides our work.  At the very heart of the work we do, are our traditions, values, and practices. Aloha and Mo`olelo (Storytelling) are culturally a part of our foundation. The na`au sense of what we do.  In 1986, the Hawai`i State Legislature passed the Aloha Spirit bill into law. Aunty Pilahi Paki was responsible for this. Pono Shim was taken in to aunty’s embrace and upheld the kule`ana of imparting the gift of Aloha. Aloha and Mo`olelo are essential to who we are, as a people. This your makana (gift).

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm

    • 7:30 am – Check-in
    • 8:00 am – Opening & Aloha Welcome by Pono Shim w/continental breakfast & refreshments
    • 9:00 am – Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training – John (Jack) Jordan, Ph.D., FT
    • 5:00 pm – Pau

Location: Ala Moana Hotel
410 Atkinson Dr., Honolulu, HI 96814

Registration Fee 
-Pre-Conference Rate: (January 21st, 2019 – April 5th, 2019)
$95 General, $55 Student
-At the Door-Day of Training: (April 10th-Based on Availability)
$125 General, $75 Student

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. For more information on Jack, please visit this site

Pono Shim is the President and CEO of the O`ahu Economic Development Board.  Pono, onipa`a’s (stands steadfast) his life, through Aloha and Mo`olelo (storytelling).  He walks it, talks it, lives it; each step, one in front of the other.  He is a gifted storyteller.  As we sit listening to his stories shared, wondering just what part of it will be the la`au (medicine), that will cause movement, action.  What part of it, will heal the pain within, or speak to the success and hope?  He speaks to the la`au (medicine) within one’s mo`olelo. He knows the deep of Aunty Pilahi’s Aloha, and the root cause of it’s ho`opono.  Aloha and Mo`olelo goes hand in hand, rooted in the work we do.

Eric Tash
[email protected]
(808) 521-6110

Pua Kaninau-Santos
[email protected]
(808) 271-8582

Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training

Ala Moana Hotel, 410, Atkinson Drive, Ala Moana, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, 96814, USA