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Digital Seminar

Losing a Loved One to Suicide: Interventions to Move Survivors Beyond the Ruins

Rita Schulte, LPC
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Sep 09, 2021
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Suicide is an event that can profoundly disrupt survivors taken-for-granted constructs about life, sometimes traumatically shaking the very foundations of one’s assumptive world. While Post Traumatic Growth is a hot topic today, historically mental health providers have spent decades helping people cope with trauma instead of focusing on the client’s potential for resiliency. This recording will assist clinicians working with survivors of suicide as they explore 3 areas of impact that will lead to PTG. It will provide a roadmap for clinicians as they help survivors grope their way toward new sustainable frameworks of meaning by interrogating the tacit assumptions about life, God and the world around them that were challenged by the trauma. As a suicide survivor and psychotherapist, the presenter brings a dual awareness that will help prepare clinicians in their work with suicidal clients and the survivors of suicide who are left behind.


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Rita Schulte is a licensed professional board-certified counselor. She received her B.S. in psychology and a master's degree in counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Rita has a private practice in Fairfax where she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety/depressive disorders, as well as grief, loss, and trauma. In April 2011, she launched Heartline Podcast where she talks with top leaders in the Christian counseling and literary world about cutting edge issues affecting the hearts and lives of people today. She also airs a 1-minute devotional spot Consider This coming to KLZ radio this fall. She is the author of several books: Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing through the losses of Life, Imposter, Think This not That and forthcoming in 2021, Surviving Suicide Loss: Making Your Way Beyond the Ruins (Moody Publishers). Rita is a speaker for PESI, ACA, AACC, and many other organizations.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Rita Schulte receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Rita Schulte is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselor's and the American Counseling Association.


  1. Describe three factors affecting survivors of suicide and their potential for growth.
  2. Formulate integrative interventions that assist survivors in making meaning after loss.
  3. Examine intervention skills that emphasize resilience and correlate with Post-Traumatic Growth.


  • Explore the impact on the traumatized brain, guilt/shame/complex trauma, and existential shattering/crisis of faith/belief on survivors of suicide.
  • Overview and skills building in the areas of: awareness building, meaning making for survivors using storytelling, Somatic Resourcing, Parts work, Polyvagal theory, and DBT exercises.
  • Identify resilience building skills that will move survivors toward Post-Traumatic Growth and discuss how to target clients underdeveloped and overdeveloped skills.

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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