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Suicide-Loss Survivor Support Groups: How to Start One & Be the Facilitator

Date/Time: April 18, 2017 (Breakfast 7:30; Class 8am)
Location:    Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, 1305 Kalahari Dr, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Fee:            $55
Registration deadline: April 4

This program offers strategies to consider when creating suicide-loss survivor support group, provides ideas for communities to assess existing suicide-loss survivor support groups, serves as a basis for strengthening existing groups, and provides guidance to individuals wanting to start a group.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Review theories of grief after suicide
  • Examine common beliefs about purpose of suicide-loss survivor groups
  • Assess personal readiness for support group facilitation
  • List six universal principles of support group members
  • Describe five phases of suicide-loss survivor support groups
  • Identify barriers and personality types that can impact group effectiveness, and strategies for managing them
  • Discuss 10 tools for effective communication in group facilitation
  • Identify contributers to burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma

Presenter: Barbara Rubel, MA, CBS, BCETS

Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBS is a nationally recognized speaker on increasing self-awareness of skills and strengths that approve the ability to handle stress, job burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Barbara is the author of the best-selling book, But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping children and families after a suicide and the 30 hr. continuing education course book for Nurses, Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Providing compassion during a time of need. She is the co-author of the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime Training Curriculum, Compassion Fatigue. She is a contributing writer in Coaching for Results: Expert advice from 25 top international coaches; Keys to a Good Life: Wisdom to Unlock Your Power Within; Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal; and Fresh Grief. She was featured in the Emmy award winning Documentary, Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. Barbara developed the Palette of Grief® Resilience Program. Barbara, a Certified Bereavement Specialist, was a hospice bereavement coordinator, bereavement group facilitator, and teacher at Brooklyn College. Currently, she is a consultant with the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. Barbara received a BS in Psychology and MA in Community Health with a concentration in thanatology from Brooklyn College and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. Barbara is a member of the Association for Death, Education and Counseling; American Association for Suicidology; and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.


If you have questions, please contact Cara Hansen at info@mhawisconsin.org (Tuesday-Thursday).


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