Self-Destructive Behavior Part Two:Crossing the Bridge to Suicide – Understanding, Managing and Treating the Misery of Suicidality



Friday, December 7, 2018, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM
Self-Destructive Behavior Part Two: 
Crossing the Bridge to Suicide – Understanding, Managing and Treating the Misery of Suicidality
Barent Walsh, Ph.D.


Please note: This Training is the second in a 2-part series on self-destructive behavior. This series covers the most recent developments in research and clinical practice for non-suicidal self-injury and suicide. You are welcome to take either or both sessions.

This workshop attempts to bring theory, evidence-based treatment, and radical empathy to the most clinically challenging of all behaviors: suicide. Encountering suicide is one of the great challenges in providing clinical work with people in distress. Some professionals flee the field after encountering their first suicidal client; Others work an entire career in suicide prevention; Most carry on somewhere in between. This workshop will bring a stance of radical empathy to understanding, managing, and treating suicidal behavior. The ground-breaking work of Shneidman, Orbach, Jobes, and Joiner will be fully referenced. Treatment will be discussed in terms of a cognitive-behavioral approach. Self-care will also be reviewed as a necessary component of working recurrently with suicidal people. Such self-care allows professionals to avoid compassion fatigue and vicarious PTSD. The presenter will draw on his 40 years of experience working with suicidal persons, with frequent references to successful interventions.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe what brings people to the brink of suicide
  2. Describe why a flash point is required to put them over the edge
  3. Demonstrate how to intervene in crises and in providing long-term treatment
  4. Demonstrate how to provide self-care in order to maintain compassion and radical empathy

Barent Walsh, Ph.D. has written extensively and presented internationally on the topic of self-destructive behavior. He is the author of Treating Self-Injury: A Practical Guide 2nd edition, Guilford Press, (2014). This volume has been translated into Polish and Japanese. In addition, Dr. Walsh is co-developer (with Screening for Mental Health of Wellesley, MA) of “Act to Prevent Self-Injury,” a prevention program with DVD for high schools. Dr. Walsh has presented on self-injury in London, Edinburg, Vienna, Stuttgart, Ulm, Oslo, Dubai, Tokyo, Beijing, Montevideo, Mexico City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and throughout the United States.

Dr. Walsh is the Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Clinical Consultant at The Bridge, a human service agency headquartered in Worcester, MA. Dr. Walsh is a Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.

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