Suicide Postvention

  • Award: IICP will provide a certificate of attendance and participation.

  • Cost: €495.00 (reduced rate for IICP Students/Alumni & VCS Counsellors: €420.75)

  • Duration/Dates: 4 teaching days, plus additional self-directed learning.


There is a need, when working therapeutically with suicide survivors, for a deeper appreciation of the complicated psychological distress and emotional problems that emerge in the wake of suicide. This distress is not confined to the families, friends and loved ones of the deceased but also impacts profoundly on therapists, health care professionals, first responders and communities, in some cases resulting in early exits from their chosen profession. This four day certificate will help learners to understand and to examine the nature of suicide bereavement and will equip them to support suicide survivors in their healing journey.  It will also help them recognize and understand their own often disenfranchised grief and strengthen their personal and professional resources for working in this area.

Course Content:

In this Certificate, learners will engage with the following topics:

  • The Post Suicide Emotional Landscape
  • Cultural Perspectives on Suicide
  • Suicide and Stigma
  • Suicide and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Key principles of Suicide Postvention with Adults
  • Postvention as Prevention
  • Key debates in the area of Suicide Postvention
  • Working with the ‘Blind Spot’ at the core of suicide bereavement
  • A Narrative Approach to Healing
  • The Tripartite Model of Suicide Bereavement.
  • Working with Adolescents bereaved by Suicide
  • Working with Children bereaved by Suicide
  • Suicide Bereavement and Post Traumatic Growth
  • Understanding how suicide impacts on therapists and professional caregivers.
  • The importance of self – care and professional support.
  • Therapeutic resources and supports available.
  • Research Questions in the area of Suicide Postvention.

Dates & Times:

Friday 21st May 2021 (09:30am-5:00pm)

Friday 11th June 2021 (09:30am-5:00pm)

Friday 18th June 2021 (09:30am-5:00pm)

Friday 25th June 2021 (09:30am-5:00pm)

Who should apply?

This certificate is designed for those who work therapeutically with clients and wish to increase their knowledge, skills and competencies in the area of bereavement following a suicide.


Certificate of Attendance and Participation


Generally our programmes are delivered onsite in our Tallaght Campus. At present, due to social distancing they are being delivered online.

Our online classes are run as tutorials, that involve students and their lecturer logging into our online portal Zoom™ simultaneously. To foster more intimate learning environments the use of breakout rooms is also implemented, allowing for the safe and experiential triadic learning practice that we have found so successful. All of our sessions are accessible through computer and mobile devices and we have a structured and robust technology department to support all faculty and students through their online learning journey. To encourage flexibility, and ss best practice, we also record all our sessions, these are made accessible only to the students in that class to review content whenever is convenient to them!


€495.00 (reduced rate for IICP Students/Alumni & VCS Counsellors: €420.75)

Getting Started

Please note due to the current Covid -19 restrictions, our office team are working remotely. Therefore we would encourage you to apply online for speedy process of your application. Should you have any questions in relation to making your online application please contact Triona on 086-0499154.

Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘Long Term CPD’, then select ‘Suicide Postvention’ and complete the form.

Online Application Form

If you have any trouble at any stage of the application please click here to get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Dr. Linda Finnegan and Christy Kenneally
Dr. Linda Finnegan and Christy KenneallyIn the Wake of Suicide
Linda is a Principal Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist with many years’ experience working in adult mental health and specifically working with individuals and groups bereaved by suicide. She is also co-author with Christy of ‘Say Yes to Life’; Discover your Pathways to Happiness and Well-Being. Christy is an award-winning writer, poet broadcaster and communications consultant. He is well known internationally for his training work in the area of bereavement and loss and for his bestselling publication on grief ‘Life After Loss’.