Shari Scott, MA, LPC

Presentation: Suicide slipped into the top ten as far as causes of death in the United States (according to the CDC). Deaths among school-aged children and teens continue to be on the rise; so much so, that suicide has statistically risen to the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. Suicide traumatizes those left in its path, but what do we do when those traumatized include an entire school and its staff? This presentation covers common grief reactions, statistics, red flags in youth, and how to ‘get grief right.’

Objectives:

  • Define basic reactions for grief
  • Identify red flags in suicidal youth
  • Explore educational program ideas to reduce the incidence of suicide
  • Identify steps to take following suicide/death of a student
  • Describe survivor’s guilt and guilt related to suicide
  • Explore ‘complicated grief’ reactions
  • Discuss ways to get through grief together

Shari Scott, MA worked 12 years for the State of Missouri in child welfare conducting assessments and investigations when child abuse or neglect allegations surfaced. In 2011 she went to grad school and obtained a master’s degree in counseling in 2013. Since then, she has worked as a therapist in private practice, a grief support specialist for persons grieving the loss of a loved one from suicide/homicide/sudden death, and as a consultant to provide seminars for teaching the helping professional how to cope with stress and burnout.¬†She also began working in private practice and in a psychiatric emergency room. She became certified as a trauma response (Critical Incident Stress Management) provider and currently maintains employment both in private practice and as a grief support specialist. Her job primarily includes assisting individuals in coping with sudden traumas (suicide in school, suicide/homicide/sudden death of employees, etc) and ongoing or long-term grief.

Slides and Handouts:

Scott_In the Aftermath of Loss and Suicide 2018