NCDE Summer Institute-The Impact of Traumatic Loss: A Workshop for Loss & Bereavement Caregivers

Tuesday, July 21, 2014

National Center for Death Education 2014 Summer Institute

Presenter: Dr. Jack Jordan, Ph.D.

John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Wellesley, MA, and Pawtucket, RI, where he specializes in working with loss and bereavement. He was the Founder and the Director until 2007 of the Family Loss Project, a research and clinical practice providing services for bereaved families. He has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other losses for more than 30 years. As a Fellow in Thanatology from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), Jack maintains an active practice in grief counseling for individuals and couples. He has run support groups for bereaved parents, young widows & widowers, and suicide survivors, with the latter running for over 13 years.

Jack is the Clinical Consultant for Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston where he is helping to develop innovative outreach and support programs for suicide survivors. Jack is also the Professional Advisor to the Survivor Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Jack has published over 35 clinical and research articles, chapters, and full books in the areas of bereavement after suicide, support group models, the integration of research and practice in thanatology, and loss in family and larger social systems. He is the co-author, with Bob Baugher, of After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief, a book on suicide bereavement for surviving friends and family. He is the co-editor, with John McIntosh, of the new book Grief After Suicide: Coping with the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors, a professional book on the impact of suicide and interventions to help suicide survivors. For further information:


Workshop Description: Bereavement after the sudden, unexpected, and violent death of a loved one often creates an extraordinarily difficult healing journey for survivors. This unique training will provide an overview and update on what we know about the impact of traumatic deaths such as suicides, homicides, and accidental deaths. We will begin with an exploration of the significant changes in our understanding of the mourning process that are emerging from new bereavement models and research findings. The implications of these new ways of viewing grief for understanding the response to traumatic loss will be discussed. Building on this, we will also investigate new intervention models that are developing within the fields of traumatology and thanatology. While drawing primarily on the presenter’s extensive experience working with survivors of suicide loss, the information presented will have wide applicability to work with people who have lost a loved one to any type of sudden or violent death. The conference will also offer a number of experiential opportunities for participants to reflect on, journal about, and discuss their professional work with other participants. The conference will be informed by research and clinical experience, and will include the use of didactic lecture, case discussion, audiovisual presentation, reflective writing exercises, and discussion with fellow conference participants.