Suicide in Schools: From Assessment to Postvention

Posted by Center for Grieving Children on March 13, 2017

Suicide in Schools: From Assessment to Postvention with Dr. Erbacher

Join The Center for Grieving Children in welcoming esteemed author and psychologist, Dr. Terri Erbacher.

Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments.

Workshop Description
Working with youth who have experienced traumatic suicide loss can present as a professional challenge for many. Recent research suggests that a person dies by suicide every 14 minutes and for every loss, there are at least six close loved ones left behind who are questioning and grieving this loss. Clinicians attending this workshop will gain an understanding of the complex grief process teens and adolescents face with regard to suicide loss as well as factors that can further complicate this trauma and grief. In this workshop, practitioners will learn practical strategies for both immediate postvention response and long-term recovery. This workshop will include approaches for working effectively with schools to respond appropriately including what to do with the empty desk, establishing memorials, the risk of contagion, etc. Finally, individual and group counseling techniques as well as suggestions for families will be discussed. You will leave this workshop with many specific strategies and activities that you can implement immediately! This seminar will conclude with a comprehensive discussion of case studies in addition to strategies to prevent burnout when doing this challenging work.

Learning Objectives:
Participation in this program will enable you to…

  • Conceptualize risk factors and warning signs of suicidal behavior
  • Apply skills to manage your own reactions to a suicidal client and build a therapeutic alliance
  • Conduct and document a comprehensive suicide risk assessment
  • Assess level of risk and apply strategies to monitor suicide risk over time
  • Employ practical strategies in treatment planning for suicidal clients
  • Relate concepts learned to actual case studies

Mon, April 10, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM EDT


Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
200 South Broad Street, #700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

6.0 Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers, Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors are available.

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