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Supportive Care for Suicide Loss Survivors


DECEMBER 8, 2023 | 10 a.m. to Noon ET

Deadline for registration is Dec. 6

2 CEs

This training is approved for CE for social workers in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for prevention professionals in domain PR1 (renewals only) and treatment providers in domain C7 in the state of Ohio.


Level of Course | 100 Beginner




This training will address unique challenges facing those who have lost someone to suicide. Suicide loss is a complicated type of grief that often minimizes or disenfranchises those left behind. In this training, participants will become acquainted with the unique challenges faced by suicide loss survivors while at the same time be given concrete skills and interventions to be able to use with suicide loss survivors in diverse clinical settings.


      1. Participants will be able to give examples of the unique challenges individuals who are processing suicide loss face.
      2. Participants will be able to identify how suicide loss is an example of disenfranchised grief.
      3. Participants will be able to describe solutions and interventions that can be used to support those who have lost a loved one to suicide loss.


10 a.m. – Introduction and setting the framework for the training

10:15 a.m. – Unique challenges facing suicide loss survivors

1. A taboo exists about suicide loss thus isolating suicide loss survivors.

2. Suicide loss is often a traumatic loss, which amplifies grief responses.

3. Video examples will be shown to demonstrate the unique challenges suicide loss survivors encounter.

4. Suicide loss is often a type of disenfranchised grief. Disenfranchised grief will be explored and explained.

10:45 a.m. – Interventions and Pragmatics: practical solutions in working with suicide loss

1. Resources will be provided in the form of books and websites helpful for processing suicide loss (Examples: Understanding your Suicide Loss by Dr. Alan Wolfelt and The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller).

2. Expressive and creative art interventions will be shown as unique ways to process suicide loss.

a. Art (examples of artwork depicting traumatic loss will be explored)

b. Music (examples of how to use music in sessions will be explored)

11:50 a.m. – Final Remarks, Time for Questions – This last component of the training will put everything together and participants will be encouraged to ask questions.

12 p.m. – Close

Participants are required to stay logged-in for the Q&A portion of the training for successful completion, as it is part of the educational portion of this course.

Presented by: 

Kailey Bradley, MA, LPCC-S, NCC, CT

Adjunct Professor at Ashland Theological Seminary and Co-Owner of Refuge Counseling, LLC

Kailey Bradley specializes in working with individuals of all ages, with special interest and care given to children’s bereavement, complicated grief, perinatal loss, and chronic illness. Kailey worked for 4.5 years at a local Hospice agency and has provided over 50 workshops and trainings on grief throughout her career thus far. Kailey also has conducted over 100 grief support groups and has a passion for research on methods and strategies for offering creative and engaging bereavement support groups for children. Currently, Kailey is an adjunct professor at Ashland Theological seminary where she teaches grief and crisis counseling courses. Kailey is also currently a doctoral student at Ohio University studying counselor education and supervision. She also co-owns Refuge Counseling, LLC a private practice specializing in the intersections of grief, sexuality, and spirituality. Kailey was most recently awarded as an emerging leader through the Association for Childhood and Adolescent Counseling, as well as the president elect of the Ohio Association for Childhood and Adolescent Counseling.

Evaluations will be distributed within 24 hours after the training via email. You will receive a link where you can submit the completed evaluation. The links come from our Qualtrics survey software, so please be sure to check your spam folder. Evaluations must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training date.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. You may request accommodation or inquire about accessibility as part of the Zoom registration process. Please contact us at should you need further assistance.


The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: RCST111747), is an approved* provider for
The State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board.
*All courses hosted by CSWCE are approved for this Board unless the course description states otherwise.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: 50-24068), is an approved* provider for
The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCDP) Board.
*Courses that have been approved for this Board will note the appropriate content areas in the course description.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: 1628), is approved* to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 4/30/22-4/30/25. *Courses that have been approved for this Board will have the above statement listed in the course description.