Online Group: Peer Mentor Development

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This development session is offered quarterly to TAPS Peer Mentors.

TOPIC: Suicide Awareness for the Bereaved: How to ask, support, and stay safe during times of crisis.

The TAPS Peer Mentor Team invites you to join Dr. Carla Stumpf Patton, TAPS Senior Director, Prevention & Postvention Programs and Terri Jones, Survivor Care Team Manager, as they host an interactive conversation about supporting bereaved survivors in times of emotional crisis. Carla and Terri will offer practical strategies and scripting to use with a mentee in crisis and will demonstrate how that scripting can be used in a conversation.




Carla Stumpf-Patton


Carla Stumpf Patton, EDD, LMHC, NCC, FT, CCTP

Carla is the Senior Director, Suicide Postvention & Prevention for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. She has been with TAPS since 2008 and oversees programs and services provided to those impacted by suicide loss. She is the surviving spouse of Sgt. Richard Stumpf, an Active Duty Marine Corps Drill Instructor and Gulf War combat Veteran who died by suicide in 1994, several days before their only child was born. She is trained in Crisis Response Planning, Psychological Autopsy Investigations, and certified as an ASIST trainer in suicide first aid. Carla is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Fellow of Thanatology. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in professional mental health counseling, and a doctorate of education in counseling psychology for which she completed her dissertation research on military families bereaved by suicide. She is remarried to a retired U.S. Marine, also a suicide survivor widower, with whom she shares five children.


Erin Jacobson


Terri Jones

Terri serves as the Survivor Care Team Manager for TAPS where she provides compassionate outreach through support and care to suicide loss parents as well as support the Survivor Care Team. She has been with TAPS since 2013. Terri has earned the Death & Grief Studies Certification through the Center of Loss and Life Transition. She is the surviving mother of Specialist Jason E. Cooper, U.S. Army Reserve.


About the TAPS Peer Mentor Program

The TAPS Peer Mentor Program equips survivors, at least 18 months past their loss, with the tools and skills needed to serve as a mentor to fellow survivors looking for support from someone who truly understands the unique aspects of military tragedy and who has walked in their shoes. A peer mentor is there to listen when you need someone to talk to, to be a friend when you're feeling lonely, and to celebrate the personal triumphs in your grief journey.

If you are an adult survivor at least 18 months beyond the loss of your own loved one and ready to comfort and give hope to another bereaved person, consider becoming a TAPS Peer Mentor.



Contact us at 800-959-TAPS (8277) or

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