It is fairly well known, and documented, that clients with complex PTSD and Dissociation have a high level of suicide risk. The presence of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), suicide attempts (SA), and suicidal ideation (SI) in these clients is a constant challenge to both clients and therapists. Although the suicide of a client has been describes as “the most traumatic termination of all” (Davis, 2008), the therapist is often left with few, if any, safe ways to process the shock, grief, and complicated feelings following a client suicide.
This workshop will focus on the impact of client suicide on the therapist.
Recognize and assess for potential suicide
Identify local supportive resources, for the therapist, in preparation for
the possibility of a client committing suicide
Identify the common reactions, cognitive and emotional, that challenge
therapists after a client has died by suicide
Identify ways to transform the loss into a legacy that will honor the life
of the client and the work of the therapist