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