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How Client Suicide Impacts the Therapist, The Most Traumatic Termination

alt Course: How Client Suicide Impacts the Therapist, The Most Traumatic Termination

alt Instructor:  Lynette Danylchuk, Ph.D.

alt Approved for 1.5 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills Requirements for Psycholgist, MFTs, LCSWs, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

alt This course is designed for Full and Part-Time Private Practitioners, and Full and Part-Time Agency Employees

alt High Resolution Online Streaming Video


Lynette Danylchuck, Ph.D. 

Intermediate Level

Client suicide is one of the most traumatizing experiences in a clinician’s professional life. It is also, unfortunately, something that is known to be a serious risk factor for this profession. A lot is said about the number of people who have committed suicide, and it is often mentioned the effect of that loss on families, and friends. It is seldom, if ever, mentioned the effect of suicide on the therapist, counselor, or any clinician working to help these people heal. Clinicians become the invisible survivors of suicide. They are impacted by it, sometimes profoundly, but are seldom included in the process of grieving and the rituals of death. Impacted both personally and professionally, therapists and clinicians who have lost people to suicide often find themselves isolated in their loss.

The purpose of this webinar is to help the therapists and clinicians who have lost clients to suicide identify the impact of that loss and find ways to deal with the loss and find resources for their own support.


Course Goal and Objectives

  • Identify and assess for potential suicide with simple and complicated populations.
  • Give examples of resources, for the therapist, in preparation for the possibility of a client committing suicide.
  • Describe the potential legal issues the therapist may encounter when a client suicides.
  • Identify the common reactions, cognitive and emotional, that challenge therapists after a client has died by suicide.
  • Discuss the professional challenges that confront the therapist who has lost a client to suicide.
  • Summarize ways to transform the loss into a legacy that will honor the life of the client and the work of the therapist.


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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 1.5 hours Continuing Education credit for licensed mental health professionals in most states.

  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC (SFG) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
  • SFG maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Continuing Education course content is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs, because SFG is an approved provider by the APA. For non-California residents, most states accept SFG’s accreditation for Master Level clinicians. If you are not certain about reciprocity, please check with your state's appropriate Licensing Board. 


Your access to the course material extends for 1-year from the date of purchase. This includes after passing the post-test, so you may continue to review its contents.