Facilitator Nina Gutin, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center Description This presentation will summarize what’s known about the experiences of Mental Health Clinicians after the suicide loss of a client, and will provide guidelines to help agencies optimize responses. Within the mental health field, studies have found that one in two Psychiatrists, and one in five Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers and other mental health professionals will lose a patient to suicide in the course of their careers; this suggests a clear occupational hazard! Despite this, most Mental Health professionals and agencies continue to view suicide loss as an aberration. Consequently, there is often a lack of preparedness for such an event when it does occur. This presentation will summarize what’s currently known about the personal and professional experience of Clinicians after the suicide loss of patients/clients (much of which “overlaps” with the clinician’s loss of loved ones.), It will highlight many of the unique professional issues experienced by
Nina J. Gutin, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Pasadena, California.
She conducts trainings in Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention facilitates “Survivors After Suicide” groups for the Los Angeles (Didi Hirsch) Suicide Prevention Center, and is a member of the Los Angeles Dept. of Mental Health’s Suicide Prevention Network. She is co-chair of the Coalition of Clinician-Survivors, which supports clinicians after personal and professional suicide losses.
Since the loss of her brother to suicide in 1995, she has worked with a variety of organizations that aim to promote comprehensive community-based responses to the needs for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.