Surviving Suicide Loss: Journey to Healing

Surviving Suicide Loss: Journey to Healing

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Presented by The Institute for Adolescent Suicide Prevention

Surviving Suicide Loss: Journey to Healing

Event recorded via Zoom on September 30, 2020

This program offers 3.0 APA CEs for Psychologists, and 3.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

Workshop Description:

The foundational objective of this presentation is to educate the participants on the impact of suicide among those who are survivors of those whom they have lost. This population is defined. To fulfill this objective, the information for this presentation will primarily come from reputable sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and organizations who conduct research and activities centered around suicide prevalence, prevention, and support for those who have attempted and those who have lost someone to suicide. Some statistical data from the World Health Organization and others will be included to describe the latest statistics around suicide.

The second objective of this presentation is to provide background information on survivors of suicide loss that is lacking in global discussion, experiences of those who have encountered loss from suicide. The third and final objective is to provide resources and information that can be used for survivors of suicide loss and next steps for healing. The need for support aimed at this population group is essential and discussed. Information regarding recognition of grief related to this group will be discussed as well as self-care activities as it relates to the impact the suicide on those left to absorb the trauma from this act.

These three objectives will enhance the participants understanding of need for discussion, support, and impact of suicide among survivors of suicide and how to best assist them in getting assistance or connect to community or national resources to prevent delayed grief reactions and lead to healing and acceptance.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify and discuss statistics related to suicide.

2. Describe the basic reasons behind the occurrence of suicide when it occurs.

3. Define suicide loss survivor.

4. Identify two interventions or resources to support survivors of suicide loss.

Professional Bio of Presenter, Tonya Sawyer-McGee, DNP, MBA, MSN, BSN, RN, ACNP-BC, Associate Dean of Nursing, College of Nursing and Advanced Health Professions, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dallas Campus. Currently, also practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner in Dallas, TX and is a suicide loss survivor of her son, at age 18 in 2017.

Dr. Sawyer-McGee is a suicide loss survivor and has worked with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and volunteered with NAMI and other organizations to increase awareness of suicide, support for suicide survivors, and the need to end the stigma of suicide in the minority community. Dr. Sawyer-McGee is currently a practicing acute care nurse practitioner, who has worked at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas, in internal medicine, day surgery, and pre-operative anesthesia. Dr. McGee was the first nurse practitioner and clinician to conduct the preoperative surgical assessments for the opening of Parkland’s outpatient surgery center in 2007. She has been practicing as a nurse and practitioner since 1997 and specializes in medical and acute care of patients.

Dr. McGee has also been a faculty for American Sentinel University, teaching both undergraduate nursing courses and chair for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students. She has also taught at West Coast University Dallas teaching physical assessment and pathophysiology, and managing students in clinical rotations at local Dallas/Ft. Worth hospitals in medical-surgical nursing rotations. Prior to Parkland, Dr. Sawyer-McGee worked as a gastrointestinal oncology nurse practitioner at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. During her time at UT Southwestern, she was also a consultant for Amgen, a pharmaceutical company, a role in which she traveled across Texas educating practitioners, pharmacists, nurses and other medical and allied professionals on the latest treatments for colon cancer. Dr. McGee was the inaugural program director for Abilene Christian University’s online BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice program and is currently the Associate Dean of Nursing at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology College of Nursing and Advanced Health Professions. She also is currently completing a book chapter on pain for the “AACN Core Curriculum for High Acuity, Progressive, and Critical Care Nursing.” Her motto is ‘each one, reach one’ signifying the need to reach those who are contemplating suicide and for survivors of suicide loss.

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

Registration and Fees:

General admission: $75.00

TCSPP Students: $25.00

Current TCSPP Students, with school email address, can find discount codes for this program bregistering here

TCSPP Alumni: $25.00:

TCSPP Alumni, can find discount codes for this program by registering here

TCSPP Faculty/Staff $50.00

TCSPP Faculty and Staff can find discount codes for this program by registering here

References:

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (2020). Suicide rates by age. Retrieved from https://afsp.org/suicide-statistics/

American Society of Suicidology (2020). Suicide loss survivors. Retrieved from https://suicidology.org/resources/suicide-loss-survivors/

Harvard Health Publishing (n.d.). Left behind after suicide. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/left-behind-after-suicide

Jordan, J.R. Principles of grief counseling with adult survivors (2011). In J.R. Jordan and J.L. McIntosh (Eds.). Grief after suicide: Understanding the consequences and caring for the survivors (pp. 179-223). Rutledge: New York.

Oltmanns, T. & Emery, R. (2013). Understanding suicide. Retrieved from http://www.survivorsofsuicide.com/understanding.shtml

The Family and Youth Institute (2016). Risk factors for suicide. Retrieved from https://www.thefyi.org/risk-factors-for-suicide-infographic/

The Family and Youth Institute (2016). Risk factors for suicide. Retrieved from https://www.thefyi.org/risk-factors-for-suicide-infographic/

World Health Organization (2019). Suicide facts and figures. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/mental-health/suicide/infographics-suicide.pdf?sfvrsn=1762d200_2