Suicide Bereavement and Postvention Support

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Grief after the suicide of a loved one often contains challenges that comprise risk factors for derailing adaptation to loss. It is important for grief therapists to be aware of these risk factors and to understand how best to address these. Additionally, suicide loss increases the risk of suicide for bereaved individuals. This webinar will provide a general overview of suicide as a public health problem, identify thematic issues common to grief following loss by suicide, and suggest ways to address these when working with suicide bereaved clients.

Learning objectives

1. Identify suicide as a public health problem and define postvention

2. Analyze 3-4 themes in grief after a suicide loss

2. Implement interventional strategies to optimize ability to help individuals bereaved by suicide


Jill Harrington, DSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in the Washington DC area specializing in work with trauma and loss. She is Assistant Professor, Adjunct, for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology DC Campus and Part-Time Lecturer for Rutgers University School of Social Work MSW Online Program. She has worked extensively with veteran and military families and served as Senior Director of Field Research for the National Military Family Bereavement Study at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), Bethesda, Maryland and has published several articles and book chapters on bereavement in military families. Dr. Harrington has recently authored the book Superhero Grief which can be found here: