The Impact of Suicide on Survivors: Clinicians and Organizations


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Instructor: Abstract:

Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPPThis course reviews reactions clinicians may have to the suicide of a patient.  Survivors of suicide include family, friends, bystanders, and also mental health professionals working with the person who commits suicide.  Increasingly the suicide of a patient is recognized as an occupational hazard for psychiatrists and other clinicians working with patients at risk for, and completing suicide.  The prevalence of suicide is reviewed along with research showing the unique responses survivors of suicide may have including shame, stigma, need to place blame or experience blame and other difficult emotions.  The course reviews the prevalence of suicide, reviews the literature on suicide and bereavement in therapists losing a patient to suicide, and presents the results of an empirical study of the psychological experience of therapists who lose a patient to suicide. How therapists, institutions, organizations, and colleagues may respond to the aftermath of patient suicide is reviewed.

Format: Videocast or Audio Podcast

Learning Objectives

To identify the reactions survivors of suicide have that may be distinct from survivors of other types of traumatic loss.
Participants will be able to name at least five types of reactions clinicians in the study by Tillman (2006) identified.
Participants will be able to define a strategy for responding to the suicide of a patient based on role.

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