Goals and Agenda

Educational Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Offer a working definition of a suicide survivor
  2. Identify at least five common themes in impact of suicide on survivors
  3. List tasks of psychological re-integration after suicide
  4. Describe several options for intervention with survivor
  5. Describe three categories of clinical techniques with survivors

Sample Agenda

8:30-9:00 A.M.

Registration

9:00-10:30 A.M.

Introduction

Survivors of Suicide Loss: Who Are They?

  • Who is a survivor?
  • Are survivors at risk themselves?

Understanding the Impact of Suicide Loss

  • Common themes in suicide bereavement
  • The impact of suicide on family systems

10:30-10:45 A.M.

Break

10:45 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

Post-traumatic Growth After Suicide

What Do Survivors Need to Heal?

  • Research on survivors needs
  • The psychological tasks of loss integration
  • Postvention options for intervention

12:15-1:15 P.M.

Lunch

1:15-2:45 P.M.

What Can Clinicians Do to Help?

Understanding the roles played by the grief therapist

2:45-3:00 P.M.

Break

3:00-4:30 P.M.

Specific techniques for working with survivors

Summary: Guidelines for clinical work with survivors