In the Aftermath of Pediatric Suicide and Loss: A Survey of Before and After
April 29, 2021 | 1:00 to 4:00 pm CDT | Live On-line
Suicide slipped into the top ten as far as causes of death in the United States (CDC, 2016). Deaths among school-aged children and teens continue to be on the rise; so much so, that suicide has statistically risen to the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. Suicide traumatizes those left in its path and how to navigate the grief following a suicide is both tricky and scary. This presentation, reviews precipitating factors in youth who die by suicide, as well as risk factors and red flags for youth who attempt it in hopes of informing prevention efforts moving forward. Additionally, this presentation covers common grief reactions in those working through the death of a loved one to suicide and how to best support those individuals.
1) Examine 3000 pediatric suicides to determine factors, causes, and warning signs
2) Identify red flags in suicidal youth
3) Explore educational program ideas to reduce the incidence of suicide
4) Identify steps to take following suicide/death of a student
5) Define basic reactions for grief
6) Describe survivor’s guilt and guilt related to suicide
7) Explore ‘complicated grief’ reactions
8) Discuss ways to get through grief together
Presenter: Shari Scott, LPC, has served in the helping profession for over 20 years, with her early work including 12 years conducting investigations on allegations of child abuse/neglect with the State of Missouri Children’s Division. In 2011 she went to grad school and obtained a master’s degree in counseling two years afterward. Since then, she has worked in psychiatric emergency rooms, inpatient and outpatient units at psychiatric hospitals, grief support centers, and private practice. Shari is currently licensed in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado, with national board certification, and certificates in Critical Incident Stress Response, Mediation, and Tele-behavioral Health. Shari is currently working on a PhD with an emphasis on research while she maintains full time work as a therapist in private practice in Kansas City. Shari specializes in grief and frequently provides therapy to those who are struggling with the loss of a loved one due to suicide, homicide, child death, and sudden death. She also serves as a consultant to local schools who have suffered the loss of students to suicide by providing presentations and tips on managing grief reactions. When she isn’t working with grief, Shari enjoys speaking at seminars designed to teach the helping professional how to recognize and cope with signs of stress and burnout. Much of her other work involves therapy with individuals on matters related to anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.
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