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Soul Tending: Suicide Prevention From Within

Join us on December 14th for a very personal workshop experience with Louise Sutherland-Hoyt.

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As she describes it…

“We don’t need complicated psychological definitions. Let’s call it: Soul-Injury. Understanding and knowing these “injuries to our souls” can bring skills for healing them.

Soul-Injury results when we commit or experience acts that our heads tells us to do and what our souls tells us is wrong.

Soul Injury occurs in part, from the accumulation of un-mourned grief and unforgiven guilt and shame over things we think we should or should not have done. Un-mourned grief and unforgiven guilt can sabotage lives. The accumulation of traumas large and small from childhood may have resulted in deep Soul Injury. Including our own.”

Studies on suicide among mental health professionals are scarce yet within 0ur profession, exposure to suicide is prevalent. Current research includes studies that correlate levels of complex trauma and suicide among mental health providers.  The data is surprising yet there remains a scarcity of adequate research on suicide risk among mental health providers. We know of the link between complex trauma and suicide, but what few consider is how deep the relationship is between the two.

Learning Objectives:

Identify and assess the risks of suicide among mental health professionals.

Identify specific factors that place practitioners at risk using the “Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale”

Examine Thomas Joiner’s Interpersonal Theory of Suicide and apply it personally.

Apply  7 key principles for tending to ourselves, our clients, families, and our community through the lens of “Soul Tending”.

Our Presenter: Louise Sutherland-Hoyt LMHC, CCMHC, NCC, MAC

Fire-walker Louise Sutherland-Hoyt is an expert in trauma and knows how to guide clients through their firefights both past and present. Through her Warrior Wellness and Post-Traumatic Discovery practice she has been helping her clients to discover, engage their mind, soul, and body, and deploy their most powerful inner resource, the internal warrior.  Louise has created Soul Tending workshops for combat Veterans and first responders, who, by virtue of their past and/or present exposure to violence, are among the highest risk to complete suicide.   Nationally recognized for her advocacy for mental health care for veterans and the elderly, Louise has lobbied on their behalf in the Nevada and Florida State Legislatures and on Capitol Hill.  Louise is a veteran of the United States Army, the Vietnam Era, having served as an Air Traffic Controller.  She earned her Masters Degree at Cambridge College and has accumulated many high achievements.  Louise is Past President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.

“Each of us has an inner warrior. When we require courage and strength to walk through our everyday firefights we must be able to rely upon the leadership of a well- disciplined internal warrior to light our pathways into wellness. Fire-walker Louise Sutherland-Hoyt will walk you through your battlefields and show you how to discover, engage, and deploy your most powerful inner resource, your own internal warrior.”

Louise Sutherland-Hoyt

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  • Children's Services Council,
    2300 High Ridge Road,
    Boynton Beach, FL 33426

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