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When the pain of life becomes overwhelming, thoughts of ending the suffering can rise. This is one of the most challenging situations in the work of anyone in a helping profession. Any possibility that a client might be considering taking their life mobilizes all of our skills. This day, our ninth seminar on Law and Ethics is on how to evaluate the risk and reduce the possibility of self-destruction.
We will discuss the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life, and other stories, to explore the underlying crisis of meaning that can lead to dire thoughts. Mythic lore contains guidance and support for the rough parts of the journey. The dark night of the soul is a particularly difficult element of the quest. In times of trouble, it may genuinely seem like life should end. This can be a problem of overly literal thinking. Death and rebirth are supposed to be symbolic. Such confusion can be addressed in treatment. In the long view, we are all meant to find resilience and make it through the daunting hurdles of our stories.
This day meets the new mandate that all psychologists complete six hours of training in suicide assessment and intervention. Topics include risk factors, crisis management, treatment decisions, legal procedures and ethical issues.
Participants completing this seminar will be able to:
Identify people at risk
Detect warning signs
Conduct threat assessments
Address underlying issues
Clarify symbolic elements
Fulfill legal and ethical requirements
This seminar is designed to advance the skills of practicing doctoral-level psychologists. Presentations cover essential methods of assessing suicide risk and strategies to reduce the dangers of suicidal thoughts. Updates to Law and Ethics requirements are also reviewed. The day is also useful to other mental health clinicians and to certain helping professions, such as physicians, clergy, and educators who might have to deal with someone considering taking their own life.
The material is presented at an introductory level for psychologists, requiring no background in mythic studies, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology. No advance preparation is necessary. However, participants are provided with a recommended reading list as part of their class materials.
The following CE credits are available:
Psychology, MFT, LCSW, NBCC : 6 CE hours
Nursing : 7 hours
This course meets:
Six Law and Ethics hours for Psychologists, MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs
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Jonathan Young, PhD is a psychologist (PSY10231) who consults with organizational leaders and arts professionals. He teaches at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, where he created and chaired the unique doctoral level department of mythological studies. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. His background includes assisting mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and serving as founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. Dr Young is contributing producer and featured commentator on the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens television series.
Anne Bach, M.S., MFT 38891 is a specialist in uses of writing in psychotherapy. She gives presentations on creativity as inner work at major conferences, and lectures widely on psychological dimensions of expressive writing. Her clinical background includes poetry therapy with seriously mentally ill patients.
Dr. Young also gives frequent media interviews, public talks, workshops, and in-service trainings throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Checking-in begins at 9:30 a.m. - Seminar 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- The psychodynamics of suicidal ideation
- Thoughts of death as symbolic
- On your own, please return on time
- Writing as intervention and self-care
Becker, Christina (2004) The Heart of the Matter: Individuation as an Ethical Process. Wilmette, IL: Chiron Publications
Beebe, John (1992) Integrity in Depth. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press
Frankl, Viktor (2004) The Doctor and the Soul: From Psychotherapy to Logotherapy. Vintage; 3rd edition (October 12, 1986)
Guggenbuhl-Craig, Adolf (2000) Power in the Helping Professions. Putnam, CT: Spring Publications
Hillman, James (1997) Suicide and the Soul. Spring Publications,U.S.; New edition edition (1997-04-01) (1800)
Hollis, James (2008) Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves New York: Avery
Neumann, Erich. (1969) Depth Psychology and a New Ethic. New York: Harper
Pipher, Mary (2003) Letters to a Young Therapist (Art of Mentoring) New York: Basic Books
Young, Jonathan (1996) Saga - Best New Writings on Mythology Vol. 1. Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press
Young, Jonathan (2000) Saga - Best New Writings on Mythology Vol. 2. Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press