After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

$10.00 | CE Hours:2.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

The suicide of a student can leave a school faced with grieving students, distressed parents and school staff, media attention, and a community struggling to understand what happened and why.  This CE course provides guidance and tools for activities that help people cope with the emotional distress resulting from a suicide and prevent additional trauma that could lead to further suicidal behavior and deaths.

Author: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Suicide Prevention Resource Center.  (2018).  After a suicide: A toolkit for school (2nd ed.).  Waltham, MA: Education Development Center.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Explain how schools should treat a suicide death of a student vs. a death from another means such as cancer.

2.  Describe three warning signs indicating a young person may be at risk for suicide.

3.  Restate three items that group meetings for students should focus on.

4.  Identify the first action step when a school receives news that one of its students has died.

5.  Summarize three ways students should be notified of a death and two ways in which they should not be notified of a student’s death.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Crisis Response

a.  Mobilize a Crisis Response Team

b.  Share the News with the School Community

c.  Address Cultural Diversity

d.  Activities and Tools for Responding to a Crisis

2.  Helping Students Cope

a.  Key Considerations

b.  Help Students Identify and Express Their Emotions

c.  Practical Coping Strategies

d.  Reach Out to Parents

e.  Anniversary of the Death

3.  Working with the Community

a.  Key Consideration

b.  Coroner / Medical Examiner

c.  Police Department and Local Government

d.  Funeral Director and Faith Community Leaders

e.  Mental Health and Health Care

4.  Working with the Media

5.  Memorialization

a.  Funerals and Memorial Services

b.  Spontaneous Memorials

c.  Online Memorial Pages, School Newspapers, and Yearbooks

d.  Events and Graduation

e.  Permanent Memorials and Scholarships

6.  Social Media

a.  Involve Students

b.  Disseminate Information

c.  Online Memorial Pages

d.  Monitor and Respond

7.  Suicide Contagion

a.  Identifying Other Students at Possible Risk for Suicide

b.  Connecting with Local Mental Health Resources

c.  Suicide Clusters



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 2.00 'General' continuing education credits.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 2018-07-19

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