December 7 Chapter Meeting

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Restoring Hope After Suicide


  • Deborah Major is a licensed clinical social worker holding an MSW and PhD in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. She worked as a child and family therapist in the Foster Care Department at Catholic Charities from 1992 to 2008, and currently directs the LOSS Program at Catholic Charities of Chicago, where she supervises a team of therapists and provides grief counseling to individuals and families that have lost a loved one to suicide.
  • Emily Tegenkamp is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker holding an MA from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She has worked with adults and adolescents with developmental disabilities, assisting in navigating public benefits and accessing community resources before coming to the LOSS Program to provide grief counseling and administrative support. Emily is a suicide survivor. She lost her brother Joel to suicide in 2014.                                           
  • Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker holding an MSE in Education and Human Development from University of Rochester, Rochester NY, and an MSW from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She worked as a clinician for St. Joseph’s Carondelet for Children, a residential treatment facility, from 1998 to 2005.  She transferred within the Archdiocese of Chicago to the Foster Care Department of Catholic Charities in 2005, working as a child and family therapist until 2009.  She currently works as a clinical therapist for Catholic Charities LOSS Program for Children and Youth, serving those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Program Description: 

This presentation will address challenges faced by those who are suicide-bereaved as well as counseling principles that restore hope and healing for survivors.


  • Participants will learn about the context of suicide loss.
  • Participants will learn about unique cognitive and emotional responses to suicide.
  • Participants will learn about early psychological needs of survivors.
  • Participants will learn about the goals of therapeutic support.


8:30-9:00 am:        Networking
9:00-9:45 am:        Business Meeting
9:45-10:00 am:      15 Minute Break
10:00-12:00 pm:     Program
12:15pm:                Optional Networking Lunch - Location TBD

**CEU Certificates given out upon completion of the program**

Location Host: 

17 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60602 | Community Hall

Food Sponsors:

Location: 17 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60602 | Community Hall

NIEAPA Contact: Paul Fitzgerald, PhD

Parking Information - If you park at the Randolph and Wabash parking garage (The Macy's garage), you can get a sticker on the 15th floor information desk at Adler, good for $17.00 parking.
Networking Lunch -  TBD                                        

**Networking Lunch is optional and each attendee is responsible for their own meal.

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