Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
A survivor of suicide is anyone who has been affected by the loss of someone to suicide; parent, spouse, child, sibling, or friend.
Following a loved one’s suicide, many questions haunt the survivors: Why did my loved one choose death over life? Why didn’t I see it coming?
Eventually survivors come to a point in their healing when the ‘why’ questions change to questions that begin with “what”, “who”, and “how.” Ultimately your questions may begin to focus on how your experience may be able to help someone else. This change takes a while. It may take a long while! Though you feel your progress is slow, it’s best to remember that healing from a loss like this is an inside-out process, overseen by God, the ultimate heart-mender.
Students are required to have a copy of Finding Your Way After the Suicide of Someone You Love, by David B. Biebel & Suzanne L. Foster.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Annette Arnold-Pflaum is an ordained senior chaplain and is the founder and president of Wisteria Ministries. She has specialized in grief support and crisis counseling since the beginning of 2015.
Annette has been a State of Nevada Licensed Minister since 2014. She is also a Certified Lay Minister in the United Methodist Church and holds a certificate in Congregational Leadership.
A retired nurse, Annette holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology/family studies and associate degrees in education and para-medicine. She is a graduate of the Chaplaincy Nevada Theology Academy, where she is now an instructor, and has completed their advanced Clinical Pastoral Training.
Annette is honored to be co-leader of the Nevada State Chaplains Task Force: Crisis and Critical Response Team, which assists first responders, state officials, government entities and agencies, and Nevada citizens in times of disasters or other crises. Annette was part of the team that was on hand to assist after the 1 October Shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.
Having been a student herself with BeADisciple, Annette understands the benefits and joys of online education, and is excited to share those benefits with others!
Past Students Said…
“This class was tailored to fit current and specific needs that were being dealt with. I appreciated the course leader’s personal responses to each student. Her interaction was stellar and so very insightful. I am leaving this course better equipped to continue to help the hurting.”
“I gained an understanding of what is going on physically, emotionally and mentally with those who consider suicide
or find a way to end their life. This helps greatly when helping those who are grieving the loss. I better understand
the myriad of ways in which one can walk alongside those who are left to mourn their loss.”
“I liked that Chaplain Annette was so kind and helpful and I could talk with other classmates. This course has helped
me get through a hard time and it has helped me understand about others and how to react to them.”