Welcome to my website. I am a Clinical Psychologist in Pawtucket, RI, USA. I have specialized in working with people after significant losses in their life for almost all of my 40 years as a practitioner. I have also been involved in publication, research, and training around this topic for many years.
This website provides many avenues by which you can learn more about my work. The About Me page provides information about my background. The Workshops page will tell you something about the different types of workshops that I offer. The Publications page leads to a list of my books and professional articles – you can link to the books for purchase, and you can download many of the articles right from this website. Therapy/Consultation describes my clinical and consulting work. Evaluations gives some examples of the evaluations that I have received from participants in several of my workshops, plus comments from hosting agencies that have used me as a trainer. Information & Contact offers brief information about how to reach me if you would like further information.
Thanks for visiting my website – let me know how I can be of help.
Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program: for upcoming dates and locations of the SBCTP, please go to this webpage of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/our-work/loss-healing/suicide-bereavement-clinician-training-program/
Other upcoming workshops and presentations:
July 18 – “Our Work, Our Selves: A Workshop for Caregivers” – Summer Institute in Thanatology, National Center for Death Education, Mt. Ida College, Newton, MA – to register, go to: http://www.mountida.edu/academics/continuing-education/ncde/summer-institute-on-grief-and-loss/
September 16 “The Impact of Traumatic Loss: New Understandings, New Directions.” – Montgomery Hospice - Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center, Rockville, MD – for further information, contact Mr. Kip Ingram (KIngram@montgomeryhospice.org), or see: http://www.montgomeryhospice.org/education-resources/center-learning/upcoming-educational-events
U.S. National Guidelines for Suicide Postvention
Although the United States has had a plan for suicide prevention for over a decade (NSSP Final 8-31-12), the nation has lacked a comparable design for suicide postvention (suicide postvention means the efforts made to assist the bereaved suicide loss survivors, and others in a community who may be impacted by a suicide death). The organization charged with implementing the national plan for suicide prevention is the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a public-private partnership established in 2010 (see http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/). However, in response to the omission of any meaningful postvention planning in the current national suicide prevention strategy, in 2012 the Action Alliance formed the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force to create guidelines specifically addressing postvention in the U.S. (see http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/task-force/survivors-suicide-loss). The result of that work, released in April of 2015, is the document titled Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress after a Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines.The Guidelines are a comprehensive proposal for advancing the cause of suicide postvention in America. They include a substantive review of the research on the impact of suicide on loss survivors, new theoretical work on the definition of survivorhood, and a set of detailed goals, objectives, and concrete suggestions for building compassionate support infrastructure for people bereaved by suicide. As the first such document in the history of suicidology in the U.S., the Guidelines are a remarkable blueprint for developing an organized, comprehensive, and above all, informed and compassionate response to suicide in our nation. I encourage you to review this document, and then follow-up in your community, state, and region on its many suggestions for helping people impacted by suicide.
SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT CLINICIAN TRAINING PROGRAM
The Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program (SBCTP) is a new, day long workshop designed to educate mental health professionals about the challenging task of providing grief therapy for people bereaved by the suicide of a loved one. The Program was developed in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org) and the American Association of Suicidology (www.suicidology.org). It draws on more than 35 years as a practicing grief therapist, and my extensive work with and knowledge of suicide loss survivors. The SCBTP was developed in response to the acute need for suicide loss survivors to be able to find a competent, compassionate, and knowledgeable mental health professional for assistance after the loss of someone to suicide. The vision for the SCBTP is initially for me to deliver the Program around the U.S., but then to train other experienced clinicians to deliver the Program. In addition, clinicians who complete the Program will be eligible to have their name and contact information included in an online, searchable database (on both the AFSP & AAS websites) that loss survivors can use to find a clinician in their area who cares enough about this issue to take the Program.
You can learn more about the Program in this document: “Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program." You can also learn more at this link to the AFSP website: https://afsp.org/our-work/loss-healing/suicide-bereavement-clinician-training-program/
The SBCTP can be sponsored by any local organization that is interested in helping suicide loss survivors, and in improving suicide postvention in the U.S. Opportunities exist to partner with a local chapter of AFSP in sponsoring the SBCTP. For more information, or to discuss scheduling a Program, please contact me at Jjordan50@aol.com.