The Essentials of Suicide Prevention
for Busy Pastors
January 9, 16, 23
7:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor: Dr. Karen Mason
Professor of Counseling and Psychology
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Tuition: $30 ----- Up to 1 CEU
register by January 5
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The U.S. suicide rate has steadily increased since 1999, though it briefly decreased during the pandemic. About 6% to 11% of your congregation may be thinking about suicide. Given the increasing numbers of lives lost to suicide and the presence of suicide in churches, it is imperative that pastors are equipped to help prevent suicide.
In this course you will learn all relevant and basic aspects of suicide prevention. We will discuss the unique role of faith in protecting congregants from suicide. We will develop a theology of suicide and life (reasons for staying alive). You will learn how to help a suicidal congregant who reaches out to you for help. You will plan how to help loved ones and a community following a suicide death. We will also discuss how to develop a personal plan for self-care.
Syllabus - The Essentials of Suicide Prevention.docx