Description : Attendees will identify everything they need to know about starting and facilitating a support group.  The purpose of this program is to present different strategies to consider when creating suicide-loss survivor support groups. This program can be used to help communities assess their existing suicide-loss survivor support groups; serve as a basis for strengthening existing groups; and provide guidance to individuals wanting to start a group. This workshop will cover facilitator fundamentals (including self-assessment and code of ethics), how to plan/design a suicide-loss survivor support group, structuring your group, how to deal with challenging support group members, using the Palette of Grief® as part of your toolbox, and strategies for preventing burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma.

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2016 Headshot RUBELFacilitator/Trainer: Barbara Rubel, MA, CBS, BCETS  is a nationally recognized leader in surviving and thriving life’s challenges. Barbara is the author of But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping children and families after a suicide and the 30 hour continuing education course book for Nurses,  Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Providing compassion during a time of need (3rd ed). She is the co-author of the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime Training Curriculum, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma. 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 WithinThin Threads: Grief and Renewal; and  Fresh Grief. She was featured in the Emmy award winning Documentary,  Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. Barbara, a certified bereavement specialist, was a hospice bereavement coordinator, bereavement group facilitator, and taught death and dying related courses 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. Barbara is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress in collaboration with the National Center for Crisis Management.