This session will focus on particular challenges facing teen survivors of suicide as well as those who live and work with them. We will examine the impact of grief and traumatic loss on teen relationships and psychological development. Participants will gain knowledge, confidence, and a better understanding of the teen experience of loss within contemporary culture. We will consider social, familial, academic and psychological perspectives while examining this often daunting dilemma.( Note: it is not all bad news.) Survivors will also be present to share helpful stories of how suicide affected life in their own families.
Upon completion of the session, participants will: -
- Possess a greater understanding of teen perspective on loss
- Have more comfort addressing teens in grief
- Have a greater understanding of the shift in family dynamics involving a grieving teen
- Have some ideas on how to provide a more empathic and supportive offering to teens in distress
- Be aware of how loss may yield important opportunities for growth in a an individual or a family
Stuart Smith, MA, LPC
Stuart D. Smith is a psychotherapist and clinical coordinator for The Link’s National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds graduate degrees in Interdisciplinary Humanities and in Human Development and Psychological Counseling. He has taught college and graduate courses in counseling and in the arts. He also holds post graduate certificates in Expressive Arts Therapy and Addictions Counseling, and is on the advisory board of the Carl Jung Society of Atlanta.