Suicide: Meeting the Unique Needs of Families in the Aftermath
This presentation will focus on the role that the Child Life Specialist can play in supporting families after a suicide has occurred. Risk factors and prevention will be reviewed, but the emphasis of the presentation will be on providing grief support unique to situations in which a suicide has occurred.
Participants will be able to list risk factors for suicide and develop an initial approach to the assessment of the suicide survivor.
Participants will be able to identify the unique characteristics of complicated and disenfranchised grief.
Participants will be able to provide effective and appropriate child life interventions for the patient’s family after a suicide occurs, as they grieve.
Suggested Domain: Intervention
Jenna Teso, DBH, LCSW, CCTS-I and Bridgette Werner, CCLS
Dr. Jenna Teso was previously a CCLS and is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. She has been the Director of Behavioral Health at a juvenile detention center, Manager of School Counseling at 2 charter high schools for at-risk youth, and Supervisor at a crisis call center. She obtained her Master's in Social Work in 2011 and Doctorate in Behavioral Health in 2015.
Bridgette Werner is a CCLS and Social Worker. She currently provides services in hospice, inpatient psychiatric, and the Emergency Department settings. Previously, she was a CCLS serving Surgery and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.