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Therapists as survivors of suicide loss 

Therapists as survivors of suicide loss
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Therapists as survivors of suicide loss
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Onja T Grad

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0083
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date: 25 August 2019

When a patient in an inpatient or outpatient setting—whether in therapy or after ending it—commits suicide, this act provokes a lot of distressful feelings in their therapist. Besides very personal reactions of shock, grief and regret, therapists often feel guilt, failure and incompetence connected to their professional performance. They are afraid of being blamed by their colleagues and/or of legal litigation from the family of the deceased. If they work in an institution they fear how the management will react to this event. Therapists need help and support, preferably in a form of standardized procedure, which is also presented in this chapter.

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