Sudden and Traumatic Loss

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Training Agenda

1. What We Know About Sudden and Traumatic Loss (90 minutes)

Goal:  Participants will be invited to relate their own experiences and reactions to disasters—global, national, and local—which are manmade or natural. This module is facilitated by use of exclusive images and case studies of real events that the audience can relate to. This Module will provide a common experience for all participants to use in understanding how sudden and traumatic events can have an impact on our internal value system and perhaps compromise our ability to cope effectively following exposure to a crisis event.  (90-minute presentation, with handouts for audience to take notes on and keep).

Objective:  To begin a self-reflection process that clinicians, caregivers, and first responders can use to determine how traumatic events can have an impact on their ability to be an appropriate resource at a traumatic event or death scene.

Morning break:  15 minutes
2. The Development and Resolution of a Crisis: Crisis Theory (90 minutes)

This module uses a PowerPoint presentation to show how the development and resolution of a crisis are predictable and valuable in helping a person in crisis.   This section will also include an explanation of suicidal ambivalence with examples, definitions of terms, and examples to illustrate these ideas. The fist half of the workshop will end with a self-care metaphor (the four-legged stool). This metaphor is a self-care inventory for participants to take in order to determine how well they currently cope with stress in their lives. (90-minute presentation, with handouts for audience to record notes on and have for future reference).

Goal:  Participants will be more able to empathize with those in the community who are affected by suicide. This module establishes the fact that suicide is the most predictable form of sudden and traumatic loss a community will routinely experience. 

Objective:  This mapping technique demonstrates how a crisis reduces coping for someone and becomes a theoretical construct for the balance of the workshop to increase participant understanding of the up- and downstream realities of a crisis.


Lunch:  1 Hour break, lunch on own (not provided)


3. Grief, Trauma, and Why Postvention is Vital for a Community (90 minutes)

Goal:  Participants will be exposed to approaches to resolving trauma and grief when sudden and traumatic losses occur in their community. Further clarification on how those impacted by suicide at early ages of development may have long-term consequences if unattended.  Participants will view video clips from films and documentaries as well as other visual media to help them appreciate the complexities of postvention. 

Objective: To develop a first-hand knowledge of how postvention can provide a prevention approach to reduction of suicide in a community.  Participants will have the realities of how sudden and traumatic loss can have an impact developmentally across the age continuum; the content will be presented through mixed media and testimony from case study examples. (90-minute presentation, with handouts for audience to record notes on and have for future reference).


Afternoon break:  15 minutes


4. Living and Working in the Canyon of Why (90 minutes)

Goal:  The participants will be given metaphors that provide an understanding of the complexities of traumatic loss following suicide. This will include an approach to assessing the current status of a person who has been exposed to suicide, when the person comes for assistance to a clinician or caregiver. Examples of metaphors used by the author’s former clients will be offered to deepen the understanding and benefit of metaphor in supporting those who have experienced a unique loss.

Objective:  To introduce the participants to The Active Postvention Model (APM) internationally known as The LOSSTeam. This module will include a brief history of the concept with a video clip from a documentary to help participants relate to the roles of a first responder going to a suicide scene. (90-minute presentation, with handouts for audience to record notes on and have for future reference). 


About the Sudden and Traumatic Loss Training creator:

Frank R. Campbell, Ph.D., LCSW, CT is the former Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Crisis intervention Center and the Crisis Center Foundation in Louisiana, USA. He is currently Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting, where he consults with communities and on Forensic Suicidology cases. It was due to his more than twenty years of working with those bereaved by suicide that he introduced his Active Postvention Model (APM), most commonly known as the LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors). His work with survivors and victims of trauma has been featured in three Discovery Channel documentaries.

The APM concept involves a team of first responders who go to the scene of a suicide and provide support and referral for those bereaved by the suicide. The goal is to shorten the elapsed time between the death and survivors finding the help they feel will help them cope with this devastating loss. The Active Postvention Model and has been shown to have a positive impact on both the team members (most often bereaved individuals who have gotten help and now provide the installation of hope to the newly bereaved) and the newly bereaved. The model has now been replicated in countries as diverse as Australia, Singapore, Northern Ireland, Canada, and America.

Campbell was selected to receive the Louis Dublin award at the 2010 American Association of Suicidology Conference. Dr. Campbell is a past president of AAS and has received the Roger J. Tierney award for service. He was Social Worker of the Year in Louisiana and the first John W. Barton Fellow selected in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.


Completed Sessions:

March 07, 2013

April 29, 2015