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Professional Development Resources

The Suicide Survivor

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Overview / Abstract:

The Suicide Survivor is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides an understanding and means for helping the people who have lost loved ones to suicide.

One of the most difficult and complex emotional adjustments many individuals will ever face is the challenging and often lengthy process of dealing with the suicide of a family member or other loved one. These people are called suicide survivors; the family members and close friends who have experienced the death of a family member or loved one by suicide.

Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence because nearly 45,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States alone. Estimates are that an average of six individuals experience major life disruption as a consequence of every suicide. The cascade of emotions that follow can be both unexpected and overwhelming, and many of the survivors who most need assistance in the form of supportive counseling do not receive it.

This course will provide information and helping strategies for health professionals who work with individuals who are struggling with both “normal” grief and complicated grief, sometimes described as “persistent complex bereavement disorder.” Also discussed are myths about coping with grief, the progression through the grief of suicide, stigmas associated with suicide, assessing for religious help, theories of grief, role of the therapist, needs of suicide survivors, and, finally, moving on.

Course #21-26 | 2018 | 40 pages | 15 posttest questions

Expiration

Dec 31, 2028

Discipline(s)

Counselor CE, Occupational Therapy CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE

Format

Online

Cost

29

Credits / Hours

2

Accreditation

APA, NBCC, ASWB, AOTA

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Robert Gauger, DMin; Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT

Keywords / Search Terms

Professional Development Resources The Suicide Survivor, suicide, CE, continuing education, CEU, online course

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