Integrating the Torn Pieces: Suicide Bereavement, Postvention Care, and the Healing Power of Creative Expression

Integrating the Torn Pieces: Suicide Bereavement, Postvention Care, and the Healing Power of Creative Expression

$135.00

Friday, February 19, 2021

9:00 am to 3:30 pm (with a 90-min lunch break)

 

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1 -2 days prior to the event date.

Council for Relationships is continuing to offer professional development workshops. All of our workshops will be held online until further notice. Earn CE credits from home.

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5 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, and PA/DE Social Workers. Meets suicide prevention CE requirement.

 

Workshop Description

Suicide postvention is described as a form of prevention for those who have been affected by a suicide loss. Those bereaved by suicide are also at an increased risk of suicide; however, suicide loss survivors are not a well-studied population, nor are many clinicians trained in suicide grief. Grief after the suicide of a loved one often presents influencing factors and thematic issues that may require a level of support that goes beyond traditional grief counseling.

This two-part introductory level workshop will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide effective support to clients bereaved by suicide, with a special focus on the expressive arts. The workshop will include lecture, group discussion, case presentations, audio-visual presentations, and an experiential exploration with suicide grief art therapy.

  • Part I of this workshop will provide foundational and clinical counseling knowledge, including a general overview of suicide as a public health problem, thematic issues influencing suicide grief, recommended counseling strategies, and interventions for postvention support.
  • Part II will introduce participants to the use of collage as a transformative art therapy modality. Collage: Integrating the Torn Pieces is a non-verbal, creative approach that weaves together art therapy-based theory and practices with current grief and bereavement theories. The presenter will use case studies that include her own collage images created in response to the suicide of her daughter, as well as images created by bereaved clients with whom she has worked; she will also guide participants through an experiential exercise using collage to explore and express an internal landscape and piece together their own personal and/or professional experience of loss. By engaging in this deeply personal process work, clinicians will learn first-hand how to guide clients through their own creative process of making and shaping what is given.

 

Level of Difficulty – Introductory

 

Learning Objectives:

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe suicide as a public health problem.
  2. Identify 3-4 themes in bereavement after a suicide loss.
  3. Define postvention and learn interventional strategies in working with individuals bereaved by suicide.
  4. Learn the expressive art of collage through a Meaning Reconstruction focus on the event story and back story narrative.
  5. Explain what three questions support a creative process grounded in Rynearson’s Restorative Retelling.
  6. Describe three creative interventions that support grief work, anchored in Neimeyer’s framework of bracing, pacing, and facing which fosters sense-making, benefit-finding, and identity-reformation.

 

References:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP, 2020). Retrieved from: https://afsp.org/suicide-statistics

Burke, A. K., Galfalvy, H., Everett, B., Currier, D., Zelazny, J., Oquendo, M. A., Melhem, N. M., Kolko, D., Harkavy-Friedman, J. M., Birmaher, B., Stanley, B., Mann, J. J., & Brent, D. A. (2010). Effect of exposure to suicidal behavior on suicide attempt in a high-risk sample of offspring of depressed parents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry49(2), 114–121. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1097/00004583-201002000-00005

Calhoun, L. G., & Tedeschi, R. G. (2006). The foundations of posttraumatic growth: An expanded framework. In L. G. Calhoun & R. G. Tedeschi (Eds.), The handbook of posttraumatic growth: Research and practice (pp. 1-23). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Cerel, J., & Campbell, F. (2008). Suicide Survivors Seeking Mental Health Services: A Preliminary Examination of the Role of an Active Postvention Model. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 38(1), 30-34. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1521/suli.2008.38.1.30 

Cerel, J., McIntosh, J. L., Neimeyer, R. A., Maple, M., & Marshall, D. (2014). The Continuum of “Survivorship”: Definitional Issues in the Aftermath of Suicide. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 44(6), 1-10. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1111/sltb.12093

Cerel, J., Brown, M. M., Maple, M., Singleton, M., van de Venne, J., Moore, M., & Flaherty, C. (2019). How Many People Are Exposed to Suicide? Not Six. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 49(2), 529- 534. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1111/sltb.12450

Crosby, A. E., & Sacks, J. J. (2002). Exposure to Suicide: Incidence and Association with Suicidal Ideation and Behavior: United States, 1994. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior32(3), 321–328. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1521/suli.32.3.321.22170

Hedström, P (2009) Ka-Yuet Liu, Monica K. Nordvik, Interaction Domains and Suicide: A Population-based Panel Study of Suicides in Stockholm, 1991–1999, Social Forces, Volume 87, Issue 2, December 2008, Pages 713–740. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1353/sof.0.0130

Jordan J.R., McIntosh J.L. (2011) Suicide Bereavement: Why Study Survivors of Suicide Loss? In: Jordan J.R., McIntosh J.L., editors. Grief after Suicide. Routledge; New York, NY, USA: 2011. pp. 3–17.

Jordan J. R. (2017). Postvention is prevention – The case for suicide postvention. Death Studies41(10), 614–621. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2017.1335544

 

About the Presenters

Jill Harrington, DSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in the Washington, DC area where she has specialized in working with those affected by the intersection of trauma, loss, and grief. Dr. Harrington is also an Assistant Professor, Adjunct, for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology DC Campus, and a Part-Time Lecturer for Rutgers University School of Social Work MSW Online Program. She has also worked extensively with veteran and military families and is the former Senior Director of Field Research for the National Military Family Bereavement Study at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Harrington is one of the first published authors on the subject of bereavement in U.S. military families and has published multiple articles and book chapters. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, her dissertation work focused on “Military Suicide Loss and Exploring Postvention Peer Support.” In conjunction with Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer, Dr. Harrington is also the lead co-editor of a creative and novel textbook entitled Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of Loss, due for publication Winter/Spring 2021 by Routledge. The book uses modern superhero narratives to teach foundational thanatology principles, theories, and concepts, as well as clinical strategies and interventions, contributing significantly to the literature on the intersection of death, grief, and trauma. Dr. Harrington is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, American Association of Suicidology, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling, where she is a former Board Member and current Chair of the Conference Committee Concurrent Program.

Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a board-certified and licensed clinical professional art therapist and Associate Director for the Portland Institute. Her art therapy private practice, national presentations, trainings, and practitioner supervision/mentoring focus on traumatic loss, specifically with parents who have lost a child, suicide bereavement, and military loss/Gold Star Families. The theoretical foundations of her group and individual art therapy work are grounded in meaning reconstruction, attachment-informed grief therapy, continuing bonds with the deceased, and restorative retelling. She is author of Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing, written twelve years after the suicide of her seventeen-year-old daughter, and also authored two chapters (“Traumatic Loss and How the Flash Could Benefit from Restorative Retelling” and “Grief and the Masks We Wear: Secret Identities are Not Only for Superheroes”) in the forthcoming volume Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of Loss, due for publication December 30, 2020. Sharon is co-founder of The Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting programs that increase awareness of mental health through education and the arts.

Dr. Harrington and Sharon Strouse have worked together for over 12 years on various trainings, publications, and supportive care for the bereaved as well as currently collaborate on the Art Therapy Module of Dr. Harrington’s Intro to Grief Counseling class at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology, Washington, DC Campus.

 

Workshop Details

Friday, February 19, 2021

9:00 am to 3:30 pm (with a 90-min lunch break)

 

Council for Relationships

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1 -2 days prior to the event date.

 

5 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, and PA/DE Social Workers. Meets suicide prevention CE requirement.

Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The following entities accept continuing education credits provided by APA-approved sponsors: the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors; the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; the Delaware State Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals; the Delaware State Board of Social Work Examiners.

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Register for Integrating the Torn Pieces: Suicide Bereavement, Postvention Care, and the Healing Power of Creative Expression

Event Details

Start date: February 19, 2021

End date: February 19, 2021

Start time: 09:00 a.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.

Venue: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Email: info@councilforrelationships.org