Biography: John R. Jordan, Ph.D., FT

John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A., where he specializes in working with loss and bereavement. He was also the Founder and the Director until 2007 of the Family Loss Project, a research and clinical practice providing services for bereaved families. He has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other losses for more than 35 years. As a Fellow in Thanatology from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), Jack maintains an active practice in grief counseling for individuals and couples. He has run support groups for bereaved parents, young widows & widowers, and suicide survivors, with the latter running for over 13 years.


Jack is the Clinical Consultant for Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, where he is helping to develop innovative outreach and support programs for suicide survivors. In 2011, Jack was the co-recipient of the Leaders in Suicide Prevention Award from the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention for his work with the Grief Support Services at the Samaritans. Jack is also the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Bereavement Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He is co-chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, where he is helping to write new national guidelines for suicide postvention in the United States. In 2006 Jack was invited to become a member of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, and was the recipient of the ADEC 2006 Research Recognition Award. Jack has also been involved in several research projects on the needs of people grieving after a suicide, and in 2004 received research funding from AFSP.


For over 40 years, Jack has provided training nationally and internationally for therapists, healthcare professionals, and clergy through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and as an independent speaker. He has also helped to organize and lead dozens of healing workshops for suicide survivors. Jack has published over 50 clinical and research articles, chapters, and full books in the areas of bereavement after suicide, support group models, the integration of research and practice in thanatology, and loss in family and larger social systems. He has published in professional journals such as Omega, Death Studies, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Psychiatric Annals, Crisis, Grief Matters, and Family Process. He is the co author, with Bob Baugher, of After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief, 2nd Edition, a self-published book on suicide bereavement for survivors and their friends and family. He is the co-editor, with John McIntosh, of the book Grief After Suicide: Coping with the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors (Routledge, 2011), a professional book on the impact of suicide and interventions to help suicide survivors. He is also the co-author with William Feigelman, John McIntosh, and Beverly Feigelman, of Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs (Springer, 2012), a book on the results of the largest study ever conducted of bereaved parents who have lost a child to suicide, drug overdose, accident, and natural causes. He is also the co-editor of the newly released Attachment Informed Grief Therapy – The Clinician’s Guide to Foundations and Applications (Routledge, 2016).


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