On Working with Suicidal Patients (A Special Clinical Program for Early Career Clinicians and Trainees)

For trainees and early career clinicians. Working with suicidal patients is one of the greatest challenges that we face as psychotherapists.This program will focus on an in-depth clinical presentation through the creation of a psychotherapeutic safe space to grapple with seemingly insoluble dilemmas which led to a patient's serious suicide attempt will be demonstrated.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459

 

 


The target audience for this program is trainees and early career clinicians.


A Special Clinical Program: Listening to Deepening Analytic Work

 

 

The BPSI Training Outreach Committee is very pleased to invite you to a special clinical conference specially designed for trainees and early career clinicians. Working with suicidal patients is one of the greatest challenges that we face as psychotherapists. Inherent in this task is the difficulty of sitting with the patient's unbearable pain, metabolizing the anxiety that suicide can actually occur despite the therapist's efforts, and negotiating the tension between empathic listening and the need for risk assessment and more active interventions. Awareness of the potential for countertransference reactions in this situation is critical. This program will focus on an in-depth clinical presentation. We will demonstrate the creation of a psychotherapeutic safe space to grapple with seemingly insoluble dilemmas which led to a patient's serious suicide attempt. Issues around protecting the psychotherapeutic frame, nurturing an authentic self, and helping a patient manage internal and external pressures will be considered from a psychodynamic and developmental context. Managing the therapist's anxiety, the role of consultation, practical considerations around navigating the mental health system, and medical/legal issues will all be considered.

 

 

Speakers

Stephanie Schechter, PysD (Presenter) is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Cambridge and is a member of the faculty at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She presents frequently at The American Psychoanalytic Society National Meetings on the topic of "Ethical Dilemmas in Psychoanalytic Institutes." She is a contributing author of the recently published book, Psychoanalyst Assistance Casebook, which addressed clinical and professional dilemmas which arise in relation to the human vulnerabilities of the analyst.

Mark Schechter, MD (Presenter) is the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at North Shore Medical Center, and a part-time Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He did his psychoanalytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Schechter is also a member of the Boston Suicide Study Group, a group of senior psychoanalytically oriented clinicians who study, teach, and publish in the area of suicide and psychotherapy. Dr. Schechter has authored a number of papers about psychotherapy with suicidal patients, and has written book chapters on the clinical evaluations of suicidal patients and the therapeutic alliance. He teaches about suicide in the MGH/McLean residency program, and has lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of suicide risk assessment, psychotherapy with suicidal patients, risk management, and the role of psychopharmacology in suicide prevention.

 

 

 

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If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

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