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Traumatic Loss: New Understandings, New Directions

Feb 28, 2014 09:00am -
Feb 28, 2014 4:30 pm

Event Description

Master Series in Clinical Practice

Jointly sponsored by The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Major Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School; Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

The Master Series affords the chance to spend a complete day with leaders in our field to consider the unique perspective each speaker brings to the challenging dilemmas in both theory and practice. We hope that you will consider joining us for the entire series at a reduced tuition or choose the programs most relevant to your own practice.

John Jordan, Ph.D., instructor

Bereavement after the sudden, unexpected, and violent death of a loved one can create one of the most difficult loss trajectories. This workshop will provide an overview and update of the effects on individuals and families of traumatic deaths such as suicides, homicides, and accidental deaths. After a brief review of new bereavement models and research findings, we will use the twin lenses of thanatology and traumatology to understand the impact of this type of bereavement. We will also explore the implications of this perspective for assessment and intervention, focusing on new techniques that are developing for helping traumatized survivors. While drawing primarily on the presenter’s extensive experience working with survivors of suicide loss, the information presented will have wide applicability to work with people who have lost a loved one to any type of sudden or violent death. The workshop will be informed by research and clinical experience, and will include the use of didactic lecture, case discussion, and audiovisual presentation.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

·         Identify several emerging theoretical developments in the way the mourning process is being understood

·         Describe differences and similarities in trauma and complicated grief responses

·         Identify prominent psychological themes that are common for individual and family survivors of traumatic loss

·         Describe a foundational model for the roles of the grief counselor in working with traumatic grief

·         Describe several promising new treatment techniques for complicated and traumatic grief

·         Reflect on the impact of work with traumatic loss survivors on self-care for the clinician

Program Code: MS63
6 CE/CME Credits
Location: at MSPP, Newton

John (Jack) Jordan, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Wellesley, MA and Pawtucket, RI, where he specializes in working with loss and bereavement. He was also the Founder and the Director until 2007 of the Family Loss Project, a research and clinical practice providing services for bereaved families. He has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other losses for more than 30 years. As a Fellow in Thanatology from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), Jack maintains an active practice in grief counseling for individuals and couples. He has run support groups for bereaved parents, young widows & widowers, and suicide survivors, with the latter running for over 13 years. Jack is the Clinical Consultant for Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, where he is helping to develop innovative outreach and support programs for suicide survivors. In 2011, Jack was the co-recipient of the Leaders in Suicide Prevention Award from the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention for his work with the Grief Support Services at the Samaritans. Jack is also the Professional Advisor to the Survivor Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and a former Board member of AFSP (New England Affiliate) and ADEC. In 2006 Jack was invited to become a member of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, and was the recipient of the ADEC 2006 Research Recognition Award. Jack has also been involved in several research projects on the needs of people grieving after a suicide, and in 2004 received research funding from AFSP.  For over 25 years, Jack has provided training nationally and internationally for therapists, healthcare professionals, and clergy through PESI Healthcare/CMI Education, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and as an independent speaker. He has also helped to organize and lead many healing workshops for suicide survivors. Jack has published over 35 clinical and research articles, chapters, and full books in the areas of bereavement after suicide, support group models, the integration of research and practice in thanatology, and loss in family and larger social systems. He has published in professional journals such as Omega, Death Studies, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Psychiatric Annals, Crisis, Grief Matters, and Family Process. He is the co-author, with Bob Baugher, of After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief, a self-published book on suicide bereavement for surviving friends and family. He is the co-editor, with John McIntosh, of the book Grief After Suicide: Coping with the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors (Routledge, 2011), a professional book on the impact of suicide and interventions to help suicide survivors. He is also the co-author with William Feigelman, John McIntosh, and Beverly Feigelman, of the recently published book Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs (Springer, 2012).

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Cost per program 1 program 2 programs* 3 programs*
Doctoral Level Professionals
$225 each
$195 each
$185 each
Master’s Level Professionals
$195 each
$175 each
$165 each
Fellows, Interns, Students,
Unemployed & Retired Professionals
$115 each
$100 each
$85 each

*Only for Master Series attendees who register for multiple dates at the same time.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Master Series (Clinical)
Early registration ends on Jun 25, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Jun 26, 2013 and ends on Feb 17, 2014.
Late registration starts on Feb 18, 2014.



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