Designing A Twelve Week Support Group For Those Who Have Lost Someone With Suicide

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Alexis Strong Final Paper Terri Nelson FSW 406 May 5th, 2016 -Group Description I will be designing a twelve week support group for those who have lost someone to suicide. The purpose of support groups is “to help members cope with stressful life events and revitalize existing coping abilities (Toseland) but the purpose of this specific support group will be to give members involved a sense of normality and a feeling of belonging. Within such a tragedy it isn’t uncommon to let the grief transcend into a depression or isolation, but it’s proven that human relationships (i.e groups) can provide the needed support for individuals to work through their grief and heal. The issue addressed will be moving forward after the loss of a loved one. The group will be closed, as with such personal and delicate content it’s important to create trust and cohesion, which has a better chance of occurring if the group is closed. Cerel (2009) states that it isn’t clear if open-ended group membership leads people to be re-traumatized by constantly hearing stories of violent death over and over. Growing together as a limited group can teach individuals coping techniques and give meaningful support. Flatt (2007), states that commonly Survivors of Suicide groups often meet anywhere from 1 ½ to 2 hours and Wesner (1999) suggest groups occur weekly. Having this be consistent is crucial. There are a multitude of overall goals of the group that have to do with individual and societal perceptions of

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