Losing a loved one to suicide can be devastating and can result in a more complex grief due to feelings of guilt, anger, and betrayal. How does one pick up the pieces after such a loss? Complicated Grief, Loss and Suicide 2.0 will equip caregivers with the tools to help clients fully grieve and ultimately find healing from complicated losses.
- Discover the prevalence of suicide in today’s culture, examine the unique challenges and emotions faced by those who have lost loved ones to suicide and analyze practical techniques and tools to help suicide survivors.
- Define complicated grief and explore the prevalence of complicated grief in America, identify risk factors for complicated grief and analyze treatment strategies for complicated grief.
- Be exposed to stories of grief and recovery and explore aspects of faith that can be catalysts for recovery and healing in the midst of tragedy.
Course Lessons and Descriptions
CGLS 101: No Goodbyes: Grieving a Suicide
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
When a person dies by suicide, their loved ones are left with feelings of grief, guilt, and pain. Suicide is a growing problem in today’s culture, and the grief that comes when a loved one dies by suicide needs to be understood and dealt with in a different way than other types of grief. Suicide survivors face stigma, guilt, shame, and a myriad of unanswered questions. In this lecture, Jennifer Cisney Ellers discusses ways that mental health professionals can sensitively and effectively help those who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Runtime: 45 minutes 56 seconds
CGLS 102: Beyond the Tears: Treating Complicated Grief
Grief is a natural response to loss, but sometimes a person’s response to loss goes beyond the typical and becomes complicated grief. Complicated grief can occur for a variety of reasons, and can manifest differently in different people. In this presentation, Dr. Eric Scalise and Jennifer Cisney Ellers share how to identify complicated grief. They also highlight risk factors and treatment strategies for mental health professionals seeking to more effectively help their clients.
Eric Scalise, Ph.D. and Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
Runtime: 51 minutes 28 seconds
CGLS 103: A Picture of Healing: Examples of Recovery from Loss
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
When people are in the midst of grief, it can sometimes appear that there is no end in sight. However, there is hope – though the memories will never fade, the pain eventually will. In this session, you will hear powerful testimonies of those who have loved, lost, and lived anew. Grief may steal your joy for a time, but it does not have to last forever. Healing is possible.
Runtime: 45 minutes 25 seconds
2.25 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.
2.25 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.
The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: https://www.lightuniversity.com/continuing-education-statements/.