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About Today’s Guest:

Shauna Springer, Ph.D., is the TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention Senior Director. Known to many veterans as “doc Springer,” she has helped hundreds of warriors reconnect with their tribe, strengthen their most important relationships, and build lives that are driven by their deepest values. She has particular expertise in attachment processes, trauma recovery, innovative suicide prevention approaches, relationship counseling, peer support program development, and Veteran’s issues, including post-discharge adjustment and strategies for engaging Veterans in behavioral health care. Dr. Springer is a licensed Psychologist with an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Doctoral degree from the University of Florida.

TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postevention draws from a unique combination of professional expertise and survivors’ “lived experience” to shine new light on the critical questions that have challenged military leaders and veteran organizations for decades. TAPS Red Team provides training and consultation to clinicians, military leadership, policy makers, veteran employers, and groups of veterans and their families.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Shauna’s background and experience
  • The largest number of referrals to TAPS are survivors of suicide loss
  • Difference between postvention and prevention
  • The appropriate timing of prevention training and postvention support
  • Loss survivors becoming advocates for suicide prevention
  • Postvention webinars
  • TAPS suicide postvention model
    • Stabilization
    • Grief work
    • Posttraumatic Growth
  • Using a flexible approach to responding to suicide loss
  • Response to suicide is inherently psychological
  • TAPS Postvention training support

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Website

TAPS Suicide Postvention Program

PsychArmor Suicide Intervention, Prevention, and Postvention courses 

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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.