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Grief After Suicide: Transition Survivors from “Why?” to “What’s Next?”

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Rita Schulte, LPC
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Apr 30, 2021
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Suicide survivors don’t come to you because they’re interested in growth. They don’t want to explore new possibilities. They just want to relieve the pain, ease the misery, and make sense of the death. But there’s no life in only asking why. On many levels, there will be no closure.  

As clinicians, we can’t help survivors change unless we challenge them to step out and take risks. It’s critical to tap into the client’s potential for resiliency, open them to new possibilities, and walk with them along the path to post-traumatic growth.  

Join Rita Schulte, licensed professional counsellor, radio host, author, and suicide survivor to get the skills and strategies you need to transition grieving clients who’ve lost loved ones to suicide from “why?” to “what’s next?”  



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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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. Analyze the treatment implications of the unique challenges faced by grieving suicide survivors.
  2. Determine how the meaning clients attach to suicide can impede recovery.
  3. Apply a strengths-based approach to tap into suicide survivors’ potential for resiliency.
  4. Utilize narrative techniques to help suicide survivors make meaning following suicide loss.


The unique challenges of suicide survivors

  • A strengths-based approach to build resiliency and plant the seeds of possibility
  • Techniques to transform the survivor’s relationship with the deceased
  • Narratives to reframe the meaning attached to the suicide
  • Strategies to help clients access and reclaim compassion

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • School Counselors 
  • School Psychologists 
  • School Social Workers 
  • Case Managers 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Pastoral Counselors 
  • Chaplains/Clergy 
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners 
  • Mental Health Nurses 
  • Thanatologists 


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