The Impact of Suicide on Survivors: Clinicians and Organizations

Social Work

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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

Target Practice Level: Intermediate level course

How it Works:

  1. Users must register and provide credential information in order to gain access to course material. 
  2. In order to receive credit, users must watch/listen to the course, take and pass a post-course quiz and complete a course evaluation. 
  3. Certificates are available for download and printing upon completion of the course evaluation. Users will have ongoing access to certificates via their individual online transcript. 

Social Workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hours.

Austen Riggs Center, provider #1344, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 2/2/2017-2/2/2020.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

As of July 2015, ACE is accepted in 50 jurisdictions. This does not include the states of New York, New Jersey, and Maine. For a listing of the approved jurisdictions visit https://www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.

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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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