Training and Education in Professional Psychology (Aug 25, 2016).
Experiencing a client suicide or another form of client death is not uncommon for health service psychology trainees, or trainees in other mental health disciplines (e.g., psychiatry, counseling, social work). Yet, the majority of training programs and training clinics do not have procedures in place for managing a client death. The purpose of the current paper is to provide a set of recommendations for client death postvention procedures, focused primarily on client death by suicide. The aim is to help training programs and clinics respond appropriately to trainees in the aftermath of a client death. Our recommendations are based in a review of existing literature around therapists and trainees experiences with client suicide, and involve suggestions for notification procedures and 2 separate meetings with the trainee who served as the primary therapist for the deceased client. To read the full article, log in using your NHS OpenAthens details.