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Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training

The Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training program is a workshop providing an overview of the impact of suicide on survivors, and the response needed in support.

About the program

The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and sometimes devastating impact on those left behind, and requires a level of support that often goes beyond traditional grief counseling.

Yet one of the most difficult problems faced by suicide survivors is finding mental health professionals whose education, training, and professional experience has equipped them to work effectively with survivors of suicide loss.

Developed jointly by the American Association of Suicidology, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and John R. Jordan, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts in this area, the Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program (SBCTP) is intended for clinical professionals seeking to bolster their knowledge and understanding of — and empathetic regard for — people bereaved by suicide.  Clinical professions for which 6.5 hours of CE credits may be available (check specific listings to confirm availability) at a fee if desired include: physicians/psychiatric nurses, psychologists, certified counselors, social workers, and licensed marriage and family therapists. While designed for clinical professionals, the training is also open to clergy, pastoral counselors, school personnel, and interested others.  The workshop will include didactic and video presentations, group discussion, and case examples.

Topics to be covered

  1. The psychological impact of suicide on survivors of suicide loss and common themes in the bereavement of loss survivors
  2. What research with survivors tells us is needed
  3. The tasks of loss integration and recovery for survivors
  4. Principles of longer term clinical work with survivors
  5. Examples of specific clinical techniques for use in grief therapy with survivors

Suicide bereavement trained clinicians

Many attendees of the SBCTP have expressed a willingness to be listed on our website as a resource to provide grief therapy for suicide loss survivors. The contact information in this database does not constitute an endorsement or referral from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; only that the mental health clinicians below have completed the program. Click here to view the list of attendees in your area.

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