Therapeutic Strategies For Parents & Teachers From A Trauma Therapist
Understanding and helping suicidal teens is a challenge not only for parents and families but therapists and teachers. It is a topic that doesn't get the attention it deserves.
Stay tuned for the full-version book 5/1/2018
Why write about this specific topic?
If you had to broach the topic of suicide with a young person what would you do? Would you be prepared or completely caught off guard?
My experience, in the field of psychology for the past 9-10 years, has been that many parents feel lost, afraid, and uncertain.Broaching the topic of suicide with a young person can feel like one of the most difficult things to do. What do you say? How do you say it? What should you not say? All of these things keep us stuck in limbo.
What motivated you to write a new book?
While doing a community-based presentation with Carnegie Library on teen suicide, trauma, and severe mental illness, I remember a lot of parents coming up to me at the end asking if there were resources specifically for them. I felt really bad not having a specific source of information they could rely on. So I gave what I had which were general resources (websites, books, podcasts) in hopes of being somewhat useful. That's when the idea for a book specifically for parents come to me.
A few years later I was asked to partner with an organization focused on educating and supporting the teaching community. I provided safety webinars and psychoeducational webinars in hopes of teaching teachers how to respond to and support children and teens. Following the presentation, I received a lot of comments which prompted me to create a book for teachers too.
The goal of this book
This book is more than a craft. It is more than my duty as a therapist. It is a work of love and compassion. I truly believe that through the knowledge provided I also aimed to transfer my compassion, care, and concern to the reader. My intent is to make the reader feel supported and encouraged to learn more.
I am looking forward to sharing this with you all 5/1/2018. In the meantime, stay tuned for my Kindle version of the book to be released March 1, 2018.
How would you feel about having a discussion about suicide with your teenager? Would you be afraid, nervous, or completely lost? If so, you're certainly not alone.
With suicide being the 2nd leading cause of teen death and with the advent of newer forms of social media like Whatsapp or GroupMe, parents must be knowledgeable about suicide.
This book is designed to be a practical guide for parents who feel alone and confused. You will learn about concepts such as suicide-contagion and how to categorize suicidal threats, communicate with your teen & their teachers, create a safety plan, pursue therapeutic services, and maintain safety in your home.
This book is also beneficial to teachers who suspect or have been informed about a teen student's suicidal thoughts.