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When a Client Commits Suicide – What Happens to the Therapist?

About the Course:

It is fairly well known, and documented, that clients with complex PTSD and Dissociation have a high level of suicide risk. The presence of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), suicide attempts (SA), and suicidal ideation (SI) in these clients is a constant challenge to both clients and therapists. Although the suicide of a client has been describes as “the most traumatic termination of all” (Davis, 2008), the therapist is often left with few, if any, safe ways to process the shock, grief, and complicated feelings following a client suicide.

This workshop will focus on the impact of client suicide on the therapist.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, When a Client Commits Suicide – What Happens to the Therapist? created by Lynette Danylchuk, PhD in 2020.

Publication Date:

May 2020

Course Material Author

Lynette Danylchuk, PhD

Lynette Danylchuk, PhD, has been working in the trauma field since mid-80, starting with Vietnam Vets and people with DID. She served 12 years on the original Board of Directors of Survivorship, and then worked for the Board of the Star Foundation for several more years. She had her private practice in San Mateo, California, where, in addition to working with clients, she did (and continues to do) periodic consultation and teaching where she sees a need, including a local graduate school, juvenile hall, or the county trauma-informed services conference. Lynette has been adjunct faculty to graduate schools in the San Francisco area where she has taught, and been a dissertation chairperson. She has given keynote speeches and workshops across the state and at annual conferences of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Recognize and assess for potential suicide

  2. Identify local supportive resources, for the therapist, in preparation for the possibility of a client committing suicide

  3. Identify the common reactions, cognitive and emotional, that challenge therapists after a client has died by suicide

  4. Identify ways to transform the loss into a legacy that will honor the life of the client and the work of the therapist

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Course Material

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Course Number 102812
1.5 credit hour
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