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Suicide Bereavement Caregivers


Best Practices

Australia Lifeline SBSG Standards

Resource Materials (for Survivors)

Training (for Facilitators)

Standards of Care (for Caregivers)

Quality Control

Ongoing Evaluation

Development Process, Understand Survivor Needs, Models Exist, Groups, Lifeline Questionnaire Follow-Up, Associated with SAVE Leadership Group, Sacramento, Didi Hirsch (L.A.), Portland, South Dakota, SPS - Illinois, Programs, Establish Basic Guicelines, Group Operations Template, Menu of Basic "Ingredients"

SBSG Group Operations

Referral System, Incoming (To the Group), Intake Process, Screening, Identify People Who Need Other Services, Referral to Other Services, Prior to Meeting, Membership Criteria, Sources (Referral Base), Outreach from Others (Mouth-to-Mouth), Caregivers, Funeral Directors, Coroner / Medical Examiner, EMS, Law Enforcement, Clergy, Hospice, LOSS Teams (Active Postvention Model), Strategic, Diverse Sources, Strong Relationships, Outgoing (To Caregivers), Protocols, Professionals, Medical, Hospital, Mental Health, Crisis, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Mental Health Services, Lifeline: 800-273-TALK/8255, Types of Crises, Suicide, Safety Plan for People in Crisis, Extreme Grief, 24/7 Assistance from Group or Facilitator, Referral Information, Handouts, Brochures, Between Communities

SBSG Facilitators (GROUP), Self-Care, Risk of Burnout, Post-Meeting Debriefing, Support System, Cadre of Trainers, Training, Continuing Education, Workshops / Courses, AFSP Two-Day Training, Manuals, Technical Assistance Available, Training Characteristics, Competency-based, Ongoing, Mentoring, Topics, Leadership, Tools, For Facilitators, For Group Members, Professional Supervision, Meeting Management, Manageable Ratio Facilitators-Members, Skills, Listening, Managing Inappropriate Behavior, Supporting (Allowing) Deep or Strong Emotions, Maintain Safe Environment, General Types, Peer, MH Professional, Clergy, "Hybrid", Personal Qualities, Knowledgeable, Compassionate, Understanding, Competent, Reliable

Meeting Qualities, Structured, Qualities of Meetings, Not Rigid (Flexible), Optimal Group Size, Optimal Meeting Frequency, Held Regularly, Adaptable to Needs of the Group, Recognize Each Community = Different, Effective, Credible, Purposeful, Quality Control, On Time (Start/Stop), Emotionally Safe, Appropriate Vocabulary, Confidential, Spiritual Component, Well Attended, Sense of Community, Two Facilitators Per Meeting, Sufficient Meetings per Community, Policies, Fundamental, Free, Open to All, All Survivors of Loss, Are there exceptions?, Mission Statement, Members, Rights, Expectations, Conduct, Inappropriate Behavior, Problematic Members, Rules, Group Procedures, Process, Open Discussion Meeting, Welcome before Meeting, New Member "Paperwork", Attendance / Sign-In Sheet, Opening, Introduction / Reading, Opening Ritual, Guidelines, Discussion, Closing Activity, Closing Go Round, Between Meetings Plan, Individual Members, End on Encouraging/Positive Note, Announcements, Phone Contact List, After Meeting Activity / Social Time, Closed Grief Education Meeting, Program Topics, Supplies, Refreshments, Subgroups, Relationship to Deceased, Parents, Siblings, Adult Children, Spouses, Other-than Family, Time Since Loss, Newly Bereaved, Long-time Survivors, Male / Female, Separate Specialized Meetings, Military, GLBT, Police, Child/Adolescent Groups, Activities Between Meetings, Extra Support at end of Meeting, Individual Follow-up, Extra Group Activities, Other Social Supports, Meeting Place, Safe, Parking, Lighting, Neutral Space (non-affiliated), General Qualities, Accessible, Consistent Location, Emotional Qualities, Warm, Inviting, Encouraging, Spiritual

Community Relations, Communications Strategy, Promote Community Awareness, Visibility of Group, Marketing & Promotion, Brochure, Media, Newspaper, Online, Website, Web Advertising / Classifieds, Person-to-Person, Advertising

GROUP MEMBERS, Database (Contact List), Communications, Between Members, Outreach, Listserv, People with Similar Losses, To Members, Newsletter, Ongoing, Website, Untitled, Social Networking, Facebook, Events, Bereavement Related, Prevention Related, Members as Leaders, During Meetings, Outside of Meetings, In Sync with Facilitators, Resources Available in Meetings, Bereavement Resources, Books, Handouts, Prevention Resources



Staffing Needs

Volunteer Base, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Recruitment, Facilitators


Strategic Planning, SWOT Analysis, Audit, Business Plan

Communications, Organic Groups Online Tools

SAVE Outreach, SBSG, Directory / SBSG (U.S.), Mailing / Mar. 4, 2011, Database Development, Web Interface, Work Group, Untitled

Regional Structure, Models Exist, Portland

Network Qualities, Transparent Processes, Coordinated Efforts, Community-Driven



Complete notes from the Apr. 13, 2011 meeting are at Below are notes from the last half hour's discussion: HOW DO YOU GET THERE? WHAT'S NEXT? SAVE had a leadership summitt and all the notes are avialable in detail from the summitt. we hope this forms the basis for future work.  we are putting them in places where they can be used.  SAVE wants to put this in a place where all can access and improve their practice the same is true of this meeting, the notes will be shared communities will make this happen FJC: does the ideal support group exist in communities? certain aspects exist, maybe not in one place We talked about an ideal support group?  Does any of this exist now Not all exists in one place. Certain aspects do exist do we have best practice standards (no) Many support groups have these charecteristics Funding is an issue refreshments, newsletters, materials, library, training venues, refreshments, traiing, resources, HOW DO YOU GET TO WHERE YOU WANT TO GO? Setting a model or standard model groups guidelines and protocols that document some of this template plan audit of what is and isn't working across the country Generic model identify model groups guidelines, protocoals to document this; give local people something to start with audit of what is and isn't working in communities across the country there's a range of individual groups - no model that will fit everybody depends on the facilitators starting with training and retraining mentor each other, communications networks among facilitators. these exist in pockets, but not nationally we have ToT in the Portland area and beyond, that makes a difference organizational leadership, gathering of people who are expert. not only in SBSG, but include diverse people with expertise in other areas before we know if we can get there, need to know where we are like good restaurants - have similarities what works is a shorter list poverty of resources for survivors focus on bare bones first compassionate friends - have such a range of individual groups.  So much depends on the facilitators Heart of the faciliator is the key.  Different cultural needs training and retraining Trained trainers does make a difference need more organizational assistance- LEADERSHIP not everyone here is an expert in support groups multi cross polination Where are we (audit) groups are like snowflakes - they look alike but they are all unique Poverty of resources of survivors focus on the bare bones first each support group needs to have some minimal pieces which is the basis infraststructire generic model financial resources for PR and get the word out there $$$$ hard to come by SWOT analysis Strength Weakness Opportunity and Threats Each group might impelement the work in different ways but all should have clear and measurable goals SWOT analysis - can help to do the assessment of where things are objectives that are clear, measurable, objective standardization, allowing some differences, eg. protocols are we doing what we say and are we helping SOSL Standardized protocol for teaching trainers Australia has a best practice for support groups was supported by the Aussie Gov Norm Farbrow did research to llook at survivor outcomes (didi hirsch) different model b/c it's a closed group. they did the research WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SHOW THAT IS HELPFUL? Needs to be a structural foundation start with a 501c3 and the funding will follow there used to be a series of articles, and that was the manual there needs to be basic leadership structure. training facilitors is the revolving door. need foundational structure. 501c3 - if build that, the funding will come. survivors donate more contact through newsletters than face to face groups define the role we want facilitators to play in the community; run a support group only, or also advocate? We drilled down on the attributes of the group what about the system in which the group exists how does it interact with the larger group and system groups do not stand alone, and how does it interact with other systems? One direct sentence about your take home - what did you learn If you get the right people Im impressed by the diversity of the group and c we know more than we think consistentyc and structure is good lot of work to be done we need guidelines more timme major organizations to fund evaluation and research of surviros supports engage leadership from private sec tor and put them on task bring in people from the outside with new perspectives captivated by SWOT we need to know more about what makes a support group makes it healing competent faciliatros with guidelines passionate people business and nedds to be run like a successful business leadershp needs spiritual training as well invitation John Mac - where should the survivor rubric be headed this group provides hope important to look at all of the different elememts enthusiasm for working for a model support group i am not alone as a support group facilitator You have agreat passion need to make contacts with community partners Appears that a strategic plan is emerging need for competent facilitators we need to develop universal minimum standards Move beyond ethnocentrism to see what we can learn from partners outside the US power of what we can learn from each other hope from the future builds on collective past experience almost a guarantee that the groundwork layed will flourish Concluding remark new as a New Englander Robert Frost a tuft of flowers if you get the right people in the room the right thing will  happen with diverse people in the room, coherence of the model we know more than we thing consistency and structure is good there's a lot of work to be done we need guidelines we need major organizations to put $ into research on survivors and evaluation captivated with SWOT need to know more about what about support group makes it healing competent faciltors with best practice guidelines more understand of survivors' erspectives on support groups need passionate poeple an invittionL at healing coference, session on where should survivor movement be headed? this group provides hope important to look at all of the lements that make up a good group see the enthusiasm of working together I'm not not alone as a facilitator requirement is passion for suicide prevention and this work the need for competent facilitators and what a valuable resource that is we need to develop universal minimum standards; what makes us different is very small encouraged, I learned a lot from the opportunity to share with the people in my group hope for the future can build from collective past experience there's hope for survivors Dan closes: thank you everyone 900 people at this conference, there is not place this evening where there is a larger group than in this room it tells me that survivors are leading this movement, started it, carried, it, pushed and fought for things, and continue to do so amazing how divergent and similar what people in the room say it gives me hope can help so many people who are hurting so deeply SAVEs goal is to keep meeting survivors needs can't do it alone let Franklin and Dan know if it's no tmoving fast enough they hope to bring together a larger group of people later this fall tonight someone said need to have more of these meetings, and Dan is hopeful we will all be part of that and get to the place that survivors need us to be find out what works and help people provide it to those who need it most you all gave tonight and I cannot thank you enough.


Tools & Communication

Blog: Suicide Grief: News & Comment

Clearninghouse / SB Caregiver Resources


10/18-19/201 -- LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, Short Summary, Complete Notes

04/13/2011 --BRAINSTORMING ON SBSGs, Dan Closing Remarks, Complete Notes


10/18-19/10 Leadership Summit Roster

04/13/11 SBSG Brainstorming Roster

Absent 10/18-19/10 & 11/04/13



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