Supporting Survivors Following a Traumatic Death

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Justice Institute of British Columbia (Theatre)

715 McBride Boulevard

New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

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Sudden, traumatic death can leave loved ones overwhelmed by trauma and grief responses

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Sudden, traumatic death can leave loved ones overwhelmed by trauma and grief responses such as horrifying images, anxiety and guilt, and ultimately, desperate to find resources to help alleviate their suffering. Additionally, if service providers are not familiar with how to address the combined distress of trauma and grief experienced after a sudden, traumatic death, they may also be left feeling anxious, frustrated and challenged which can lead quickly to secondary trauma and burnout.

This 1-day interactive training will provide participants with an understanding of:

  • The impact of trauma on survivors and providers;
  • Factors that can complicate trauma responses; and
  • Key components of Restorative Retelling, a therapeutic model that addresses both the trauma and grief experienced after a traumatic death.

The day will end with a reflective discussion around areas of post traumatic growth for providers, that will support providers in the continuation of this work.

Laura Takacs, is the Clinical Director and therapist at Virginia Mason, Separation and Loss Services in Seattle, Washington. In this role she supports survivors of sudden, traumatic death in both individual and group practice.

Since 1996, Laura has worked both internationally and domestically, in the area of mental health, focusing primarily on survivors of war. Prior to her role at Separation and Loss, Laura worked in the Middle East where she provided mental health support to Syrian and Iraqi refugees and torture survivors.

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Justice Institute of British Columbia (Theatre)

715 McBride Boulevard

New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

Canada

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