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DPS Lecture: Suicide-Specific Treatments
September 29, 2017, 7:00 PM
The Denver Psychoanalytic Society Lecture Series
Suicide-Specific Treatments: How Evidence Based Research and the Zero Suicide Movement Contribute to the Understanding and Treatment of the Suicidal Patient, Featuring Joan Heron, LCSW
Little of what is known and understood about the suicidal experience makes its way into mental health literature. Research on suicide provides theoretical considerations underlying the suicidal crisis. Roy Baumeister’s (1990) theory of “Escape from The Self” depicting the suicidal descent and Edward Schneidman’s (1993) term “psychache” which reflects the unbearable psychic pain of suicidal anguish are especially important. High risk statements like “I feel hopeless” or “I am a burden” represent cognitive impairment and problem solving deficits. Understanding the expressions of suffering experienced by the suicidal patient can lead to empathy and effective treatment for a patient holding developmental despair.
After attending this session, participants should be able to:
(1) Describe how the relationship between unbearable psychic pain, cognitions and loss of function impacts the communications of the suicidal patient including clinical vignettes,
(2) Describe the protocol of the Zero Suicide Model of patient care which has led to an 80% reduction in suicide loss and how this protocol informs clinical practice including case vignettes,
(3) What can be learned when coping with the impact of stigma, guilt and shame while grieving the loss of a Loved One to suicide.