Webinar: Intimate Partners and Suicide - Finding Hope when the Unthinkable Happens

add to outlook calendar add to gmail calendar July 30, 2019, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM Eastern
CE Credits available until July 29, 2020

Presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, this webinar presented by Shauna Springer, PhD, and moderated by Kim Ruocco, MSW, discusses the range of common emotions that surviving spouses and partners may have due to the loss of a partner or spouse to suicide. This training will identify eight practical ways that healers of all types can use to support partners who have lost a loved one to suicide.



Shauna Springer
Shauna Springer, PH.D.Shauna is the Senior Director of TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention Initiatives. She has particular expertise in attachment processes, trauma recovery, innovative suicide prevention approaches, close relationships, peer support program development, and working with veterans, including post-discharge adjustment and strategies for engaging veterans in behavioral health care. She has served as a front line mental health psychologist for hundreds of Veterans, helping them see their worth in the community, reconnect with their military and home front Tribes, and build lives driven by their deepest values. Dr. Springer is a licensed Psychologist with an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Doctoral degree from the University of Florida.
Kim Ruocco
Kim Ruocco, MSWKim is Vice President of TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention program. She is a subject matter expert regularly quoted in national newspapers articles on the topics of suicide, military culture, mental illness, PTSD, and VA and DOD policy matters. She assisted in the development of the DSPO Postvention Toolkit and a reviewer for the current national strategy for postvention. She and her sons participated in the Sesame Street When Families Grieve video provided internationally to families who have a recent death. She created a team of peer-professionals who provide care and comfort to nearly 5000 survivors of military suicide. Ms. Ruocco is currently the co-lead on the National Action Alliance Military and Family Task force and a member of the National Expert Advisory Panel for Research. She is also the surviving widow of Marine Corp Major John Ruocco, who died by suicide in 2005.

Program Details

The program will include an optional 30-minute Q&A session beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Registration is free. Continuing Education (1 hour) credit is available from a variety of professional boards. Certificates cost $25. Instructions for obtaining CEs will be provided during the webinar.


Webinar Slides

Intimate Partners and Suicide (PDF)


About the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is positioned to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military and civilian families.

Through an alliance with the Hospice Foundation of America, the foremost leader in professional grief and loss education, the Institute will serve as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration between professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss will be accessible for all who seek current strategies, the most effective tools, and best practices for supporting those who are grieving and those who serve the grieving. 

TAPS has teamed with the Hospice Foundation of America to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and so many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey. Together at the Institute, the two organizations will provide workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to train professionals and help individuals and families thrive after loss.

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

Email us at Institute@taps.org or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.