Grief After Suicide: Therapy for Suicide Survivors

Presented by John R. Jordan, PhD on 08-14-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific

People who have lost a loved one to suicide are known as suicide survivors. Losing someone to suicide presents unique challenges not only for the survivor, but also for the people who help them. The recovery process for survivors is complex, and mourners struggle with their profound confusion about something that may make no sense. They wrestle with their own feelings of responsibility and whether the death might have been prevented, with the shock and horror at the manner of death, and with feelings of betrayal and abandonment by the deceased.

Survivors may also need to cope with the impact the suicide has on family dynamics, since family relationships may also be significantly changed by the feelings of guilt, blame, and failure that suicide may engender. Likewise, suicide also frequently creates social isolation in response to the stigma and social ambiguity that may follow a suicide fatality. All of this can make the process of grief counseling for suicide survivors a more complex and prolonged journey than after most other types of losses.

This web conference will provide an overview of the impact of suicide on people bereaved by suicide. Tasks of psychological recovery will be discussed, as will interventions that may be of help to survivors.

This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify four themes in bereavement for the suicide survivor.
  2. Describe psychological recovery tasks.
  3. Identify postvention choices for the bereaved.
  4. Identify broad clinical guidelines for work with mourners after a suicide.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. The video portion of the web conference center is not accessible via smartphone or tablet.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Highlights

I thought the emphasis on integrating rather than resolving loss was extremely useful. - Cory Fehlberg, MA, LMFT

The tools and information discussed in this presentation were extremely useful, along with the resources for clinical survivors. - Patti Boro, MS, LMFT​

I now have an excellent source to refer to in doing this work with my clients. - John Hochhalter, MA, LCPC

Meet the Presenter

John R. Jordan, PhD

John R. Jordan, PhD

John R. (Jack) Jordan, PhD is a licensed psychologist in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he operates a private practice. His specialty has been helping suicide survivors and other people with traumatic loss for over 35 years. He is currently a Clinical Consultant for Grief Support Services and a Professional Advisor for the Survivor Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He is also helping draft new guidelines for suicide postvention for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, for whom he serves as co-chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force.

Jack has offered healing workshops for suicide survivors around the world, as well as trainings for mental health professionals to assist the bereaved in attaining a peaceful state of mind. Jack is the published author of a variety of articles and chapters on the subject of bereavement and suicide loss, and has co-authored several books: Grief After Suicide: Coping with the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors, After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief, and Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs. His most recent book, Attachment Informed Grief Therapy, is available for pre-order. For more information about Jack and his work, please visit www.johnjordanphd.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.