Overview, Model and Methods
Worldwide, suicide ranks among the three leading causes of death for adolescents and young adults.1Nearly 90% of all suicides are associated with a diagnosable mental health or substance abuse disorder.2 The unbearable feelings of despair, hopelessness and powerlessness resulting from their mental illness, trauma, significant grief or abandonment can, despite the best efforts of loved ones and professionals, cause nearly one million people globally, to attempt suicide each year.3 The feelings of loss experienced by professionals and loved ones are magnified when the death they grieve is by suicide. Those whose grief results from a suicidal death are at high-risk for developing a major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal behaviors and prolonged and complicated grief.4
1) Young I T., Iglewicz, A., Glorioso, D., Lanouette, N., et.al. (2012). Suicide, Bereavement and Complicated Grief. Clinical Research, LLS SAS. dialogues-cns.org
2) American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Surviving a Suicide Loss: A Resource and Healing Guide. Available at http://www.afsp.org Assessed, 2016-08-01.
3) Ibid Young, et al.
4) Hawton, K., van Heeringen, K. (2009). Lancet, 18,373:1372-1381.
The above information and Dr. Jane Simington’s extensive clinical experiences in helping many of all ages heal from grief and trauma, including her professional work with suicidal clients and with those who are attempting to heal from the effects of complicated grief resulting from suicide, has led her to develop a training program to assist others in offering effective help to those who threaten suicide and to support the bereaved when suicide results.
In the Suicide Intervention Certification Training program, Dr. Jane Simington incorporates her knowledge of the causes of suicide and of the healing methods that had proven effective in healing those causes. The aim of the Suicide Intervention Certification training is to translate research and clinical knowledge of suicide and its causes to a real-world application to provide effective holistic and culturally sensitive counseling and therapy to those who require healing of their body, mind, emotion, spirit and relationships so as to increase their desire for life and a meaningful future.
Dr. Jane A. Simington, PhD. has an education and practice background in both Nursing and Psychology; and an extensive clinical background working with people of both genders and from various cultures. Dr. Jane Simington is an internationally recognized grief and trauma specialist, author and speaker. She offers keynotes and education in grief, trauma and suicide prevention, intervention and post-intervention, locally, nationally and internationally, at the community college and university levels. Dr. Simington has been nominated as the teacher of the year. She has received numerous awards for her work; including the Woman of Vision and the Woman of Distinction. Dr. Simington frequently facilitates educational seminars and workshops for both the public and private sectors on a variety of topics relating to her interest in healing, spirituality and empowerment.
For several decades, Dr. Jane A. Simington has pioneered a wholistic model for healing that is based on up-to-date research, her personal experiences with grief and trauma, and on her extensive clinical background. In her work with grieving, traumatized and suicidal women in federal prison, with First Nation Canadians of all ages and genders, and with adults from various countries, cultures and belief systems, Simington has demonstrated the effectiveness of consistent applications of her Four-Part Model of Healing© to gain the attention of both brain hemispheres to heal the memories and emotions stored in the body, the mind and the spirit.
A Different Approach to Healing
Maslow (1954) Simington (2000)
Recognizing that at the root of a desire to take one’s life, are feelings of hopelessness and powerless resulting from a sense of spiritual disconnection, and acknowledging that unless the root cause is addressed, true healing will not happen, Simington suspends her model for healing from a framework that addresses first, the spiritual distress being experienced, and incorporates right hemisphere-appealing strategies, including therapeutic art, guided visualization, and sacred ceremony as therapeutic measures to heal the spiritual disconnection being experienced; and to then move the person at-risk for suicide in a direction of spiritual transformation.
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After demonstrating the helping and healing effectiveness of this approach and responding to the call from professionals, for training in the use of the Four-Part Model, and the strategies that flowed from it, Simington designed The Trauma Recovery Certification Training program, the Grief Support Certification Training program. Both these training programs have now been delivered to hundreds of professionals, and semi-professionals, locally, nationally and internationally.
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