This programme consists of one 10 ECTS module that is conferred as a minor award. It is designed to allow learners to understand the complex nature of suicide bereavement and the psychological havoc that is created in the lives of suicide survivors. It will also introduce the learners to a range of individual and group interventions to help facilitate the healing process. Learners on this programme will engage in teaching, discussion and engagement with key scientific literature related to the post-suicide landscape, the key principles of intervening with this client group and the therapeutic resources and responses that are appropriate.
Learners who enrol in this programme will be professionals who will be professionals who work clinically and therapeutically with clients who may be experiencing bereavement through suicide, and who wish to undertake a shorter programme to enhance their knowledge, skills and competence in the area of working with survivors of suicide. Learners must have a clinical qualification that allows them to work therapeutically with clients. This programme will be ideal for qualified practitioners to utilise for continuing professional development specific to the area of suicide postvention. Please contact us if you have any queries about entry requirements.
Minimum Technological Requirements
You will need to have:
- access to a stable internet connection with a minimum download speed of 1.5 Mbps;
- a desktop computer or laptop that is capable of using zoom;
- a webcam and microphone;
- a web browser; and
- Microsoft Word
Student Benefits and Supports
As this award is conferred at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), it evidences the rigour required for a quality programme of learning. The dynamic mix of theory, skills, and clinical considerations ensures learners grow academically, professionally, personally and interpersonally within frameworks that are on the cutting edge of best practice. Learners on this programme will have access to:
- Our Moodle Platform
- Our EBSCO Journal Database
- Our e-Book Collection
- Our Psychotherapy.net Video Streaming Collection
- Friday 6th May
- Friday 13th May
- Friday 27th May
- Sunday 29th May
Who Should Apply
Professionals who are working clinically/therapeutically or in a supporting role with clients as part of their route practice. Learners must be able to evidence a minimum of a Level 6 qualification on entry.
The purpose of this minor award is to help the learner understand the complex nature of suicide bereavement and the psychological havoc that is created in the lives of suicide survivors. It will also introduce the learners to a range of individual and group interventions to help facilitate the healing process.
While many programmes include some input on bereavement, grief and loss, there is a need, when working 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 Minor Award will help learners to understand and to examine the nature of suicide bereavement and will equip them to support suicide survivors, their families and communities 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.
Role Play (20%)
Learners will complete a short role play demonstrating ability to apply appropriate skills and clinical decision making, and demonstrate professionalism, competence and confidence in their simulated interaction.
Learners will write a 2,500 word, online resource for a professional readership that focuses on therapeutic work with clients presenting with suicide postvention issues.
The work must include:
- A description of the needs of suicide survivors.
- A critique the clinical and theoretical literature in a range of disciplines, including Integrative psychotherapy, other psychotherapeutic modalities, psychology, psychiatry and social work in the area of Suicide Postvention.
- The key principles of suicide postvention.
- A description of the Cognitive, Somatic, Emotional and Behavioural impact of suicide on suicide survivors.
- A description and evaluation of a range of individual and group approaches to supporting healing with suicide survivors.
- A description and evaluation of the impact of client suicide bereavement on families, communities and those in the health care professions
- An evaluation of a range of resources and supports available in the area of suicide postvention
- Due to Covid-19, the course will be fully online
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 ‘Validated & Accredited Courses’, then select the “L7 Certificate in Suicide Postvention – May 2022” option and complete the form.