Addressing Bereavement after Traumatic Loss An evening webinar with Dr. Phyllis Kosminsky and Dr. John R. Jordan, authors of Attachment Informed Grief Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide to Foundations and Applications Online, 15 May 2019 (Wednesday) 6:00pm - 9:00pm, London, UK time
Mental health professionals are routinely called upon to deal with bereavement as a presenting issue, and most feel comfortable doing this. However, working with traumatic losses – i.e. grief that emerges after the sudden, unexpected, and often violent death of a loved one, such as a suicide, homicide, accidental death – is often a daunting challenge for clinicians. In this webinar, we will address some of the challenges that are universal in the mourning process after traumatic deaths. In the first half of the webinar, we will explore in depth the impact of suicide on the survivors as one obvious example of a traumatic loss. Dr. Jordan, whose specialization for many years has been working with suicide bereavement, will discuss what we know from the clinical and research literature about the after-effects of losing a loved one to suicide. Topics to be discussed include the themes of suicide bereavement that are common after suicide (as well as most other traumatic losses); the tasks that are involved in psychologically integrating this type of loss; and some of the clinical challenges that may be common to work with suicide loss survivors. In the second half of the webinar, Dr. Kosminsky will widen our lens to discuss some of the procedures and clinical techniques that are likely to be useful in work with survivors of almost any type of traumatic loss. These include clearing cognitive obstacles, restoring mentalization functions, and strengthening the emotional regulatory capacities of the bereaved individual. Dr. Kosminsky will draw on her many years of practice with traumatic loss survivors of all types. Throughout the webinar, the presenters will use case examples from their own active practices of grief therapy to illustrate the emotional issues and clinical techniques that can be useful in facilitating healing after a traumatic loss. The webinar will also draw on the ideas and methods described in the recent book published by the presenters on Attachment Informed Grief Therapy (2016). While focused primarily on doing individual grief therapy with a client, it will have applicability to anyone seeking to provide grief support services to clients who are mourning the traumatic death of a loved one. Ample time will also be allotted for questions and discussion with the webinar audience. About the speakers Phyllis Kosminsky, PhD, LCSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice in New York and at the Center for Hope in Darien, Connecticut. She has provided individual counseling to hundreds of bereaved individuals, and has helped many more in bereavement support groups and in the aftermath of traumatic events. She has conducted trainings for mental health professionals nationally and internationally in the treatment of normal and problematic grief. Her publications include journal articles, book chapters, and the book Getting Back to Life When Grief Won’t Heal (McGraw Hill, 2007). Her book with John R. Jordan, Attachment Informed Grief Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide to Foundations and Applications was published in 2016. John R Jordan, Ph.D. John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island where he has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other traumatic losses for more than 40 years. He is the Clinical Consultant for the Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He is Co-Chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Jack is also the co-author of four books: “After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief – 2nd Edition” (2015 – self-published); “Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors” (Routledge, 2011), “Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs” (Springer, 2012); and “Attachment Informed Grief Therapy” (Routledge, 2016).
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