Frank Campbell, Ph.D., LCSW, C.T.

Senior Consultant, Campbell and Associates Consulting, LLC

Dr. Campbell is the former Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Crisis intervention Center and the Crisis Center Foundation in Louisiana, USA. He is currently Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting, LLC where he consults with communities on Active Postvention efforts and Forensic Suicidology cases. Due to his more than thirty years of working with those bereaved by suicide he continues to train communities in his Active Postvention Model (APM) most commonly known as the LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors). His work with survivors and victims of trauma has been featured in three discovery channel documentaries, professional journals and book chapters. The APM concept involves a team of first responders who go to the scene of a suicide and provide support and referral for those bereaved by the suicide. The APM has been found to shorten the elapsed time between the death and survivors finding the community resources available to help them cope with this devastating and complex loss. The Active Postvention Model and has been shown to have a positive impact on both the team members (most often bereaved individuals who have gotten help and now provide the installation of hope to the newly bereaved) as well as the newly bereaved. The model has now been replicated in countries as diverse as Australia, Singapore, Northern Ireland, Canada and America.

Dr. Campbell is a past president of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and has received their Roger J. Tierney award for service and the Louis I Dublin Award in 2010 for his contributions to the field of Suicidology. Dr. Campbell was also selected by the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) to receive the Dr. Norman Farberow award for his international contributions on behalf of those bereaved by suicide. He was Social Worker of the year in Louisiana and the first John W. Barton Fellow selected in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

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Breakout Session 1B: Friday, October 13, 2017
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Sierra Building, Room 115

A Clinical Approach to Treating Sudden and Traumatic Loss During the Grief Process©
Early in my career I met individuals and families who had experienced loss from profound and complicated causes of deaths including suicide, homicide, accidental and ambiguous losses. Most of them had already tried to get help from one or more grief support resources in the community without success. As both a Certified Thanatologist and a Forensic Suicidologist, I was concerned for the lack of understanding these clients were experiencing.

I have spent the last thirty years befriending this grief process and learning the techniques that clients find helpful. Working with grief responses following both man-made and natural causes of death has equipped me to offer a pathway for others to more effectively help the newly bereaved recover quicker. In this workshop I plan for to share an overview of what has helped clients, both in the United States and internationally to heal from that universal experience we refer to as sudden and traumatic loss. This could help you decide if your therapeutic backpack has the essential clinical strategies that will guide you and your clients safely through the journey of complicated grief.

Presentation Downloads: PowerPoint Presentation

Keynote Address: Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Sierra Building, Room 108

Building Capacity for Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Services
This keynote presentation will focus on the three main areas of Suicide (Prevention, Intervention and Postvention) and introduces a term for those who have attempted suicide in an effort to reduce confusion. Data will be presented that demonstrates successes as well as the great challenges a career in suicidology can offer us all.

Presentation Downloads: PowerPoint Presentation

Breakout Session 3C: Saturday, October 14, 2017
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Sierra Building, Room 116

Using Metaphor to Communicate Sudden and Traumatic Loss During the Grief Process©
Most survivors report their frustration when attempting to answer questions about how they are doing following a death by suicide. This workshop will examine the benefits of teaching survivors of suicide to communicate their grief response through metaphor. This technique has been found to increase both formal and informal support systems for those grieving. This technique is both simple and complex in how it facilitates congruent communication about the complex emotions and thoughts survivors of suicide experience.

Presentation Downloads: PowerPoint Presentation