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Dr Philip O'Keeffe

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Effective approaches for bereaved clinicians following client or patient suiicde

My doctoral research (PhD, 2010) showed that each individual clinician's psychological experience in the aftermath of client suicide was unique to that clinician. In other words it was up to that professional to address any related consequences - positive, neutral or negative - for themselves. Although there is a US website devoted to so-called 'clinician survivors of client suicide' I have noted little interest from Northern Irish clinicians in this subject, in my work or in my research findings. I wonder whether any enlightened clinicians who subscribe to the TED ideal have any insights into what underpins this situation - should anything be done about it or is this 'just the way it is'?

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  • Apr 2 2013: Some clinicians may realize they could have played a part, but they said nothing.

    Some know that psychology should be taught in schools, but they know the powers that be, would see them ridiculed, lost jobs and tenure.
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    Apr 2 2013: Fritzie - Thks for that. I'll get back to you with critique (if helpful) of Rachel Naomi's work. Need to recruit her to TED . . . .
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    Apr 1 2013: Are you familiar with the work of Rachel Naomi Remen of University of California San Francisco? You might look at her website to read her views and processes for working with medical professionals alone and together about such issues.