Nearly one third of practicing counselors will experience the loss of a client to suicide at some point in their careers (Schwartz & Rogers, 2004), resulting in a variety of implications for the counselor—implications for which many counselors are ill prepared. The purpose of this session is to enhance awareness and understanding of the experiences of clinician survivors and provide information, strategies, and resources to help facilitate counselor healing and resilience following the loss of a client to suicide.
Participants will be able to assess and evaluate their individual and organizational levels of preparedness to effectively handle a completed client suicide.
Participants will be able to synthesize their learning to design a suicide "postvention" plan to aid in their personal and professional recovery following a completed client suicide.
Participants will be able to identify a variety of strategies to aid in the preparation for and response to a completed client suicide, thereby limiting subsequent counselor impairment and preventing negative implications for other clients' counseling experiences.