Relational Suicide Assessment:
Client and Family Risks and Resources
One Day Workshop
The hopelessness and desperation of our suicidal clients, as well as the high-stakes involved in working with them, can invite us to adopt a kind of therapeutic tunnel-vision—a singular focus on individual risk factors. Attending to such dangers is critical, of course, but family therapists know better than anyone that behaviors, thoughts, and emotions only make sense in context. To evaluate clients’ imminent risk of making an attempt, it is necessary to consider how their relationships with significant others could be contributing to the danger. And then these intra- and interpersonal risks can only be properly understood within the context of the individual and family resources for responding resiliently to the suicidality.
This workshop will prepare participants to undertake relational suicide assessments—empathically-grounded conversations with clients, oriented to developing an “insider’s” understanding of clients’ risks of making an attempt alongside their potential for safely navigating the dangers. We will explore how to effectively broach possible suicidality, ensure that clients don’t feel interrogated, juxtapose different sources of information to help make safety decisions, work collaboratively with clients and family members in the construction of a safety plan, and take care of ourselves throughout the process. We’ll also touch on postvention considerations—how to work with families and schools after someone significant has taken his or her life.
Dr. Douglas Flemons is Professor of Family Therapy, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, and Co-Director of the Office of Suicide and Violence Prevention at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida, USA. A licensed marriage and family therapist and AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, Douglas was the Director of Student Counseling at NSU for over six years. He is the lead author of Relational Suicide Assessment, as well as the author of books on hypnosis and psychotherapy (Of One Mind), family therapy and Eastern philosophy (Completing Distinctions), and academic writing (Writing Between the Lines). He is also the co-editor, with his wife and colleague, Dr. Shelley Green, of three editions of Quickies: The Handbook of Brief Sex Therapy. Douglas presents nationally and internationally on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention; relational hypnosis and hypnotherapy; brief therapy; meditation; and relational couple therapy.
28th June 2018
10.00a.m – 4.00.p.m
Lower Abbey Street,
Places limited – please book early
5 CPD points apply
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School of Medicine and Medical Science
M.Sc. Systemic Psychotherapy
The UCD Family Therapy Training Programme now invites applications for
Year 1 of its 4 Year Part-time
M.Sc. in Systemic Psychotherapy.
The programme will commence in September 2018.
Closing date for Applications:
27th April 2018
Contact: Ciara Reddy
Apply on line at www.ucd.ie/apply
Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview
Please note that the FTAI Annual General Meeting, due to take place in Wynns Hotel, Dublin on the 3rd March, has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
How to lose your clinical balance, while holding on to your therapeutic bearings, and other ideas on working therapeutically with a ‘treatment resistant’ client diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder
by Don Boardman
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Salvador Minuchin, a provocative psychotherapist whose pioneering work with teenagers shifted the focus from their individual symptoms to their family relationships, died on Monday in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 96. Please see obituary below.
24th November 2017
Family Therapy understands the benefits of therapeutically supported dialogue amongst family members when challenging issues and difficulties need to be discussed. Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) might be considered one of the most challenging, distressing and direction-changing issues that a family has to contend with. In the Irish context the majority of cases of alleged sexual abuse do not go to court therefore there is significantly more pressure on social and therapeutic services to address the needs of the young people and their families. Different reactions and coping mechanisms mean that services privilege meeting with children, siblings and parents separately in order to address their competing needs. CSA can also be an evocative and difficult area . For further details on this workshop and booking form, please click on link below.
FTAI Member, Valerie O’Brien
PANEL DISCUSSIONS AT THE
Irish Council for Psychotherapy National Conference
“The Role of Psychotherapy in a Healthy Ireland”
18th October 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin
Today, the Irish Council for Psychotherapy held an important conference The Role of Psychotherapy in a Healthy Ireland , hosted by MEP Nessa Childers.
Key speakers were:
Dr Pat Bracken retired Clinical Director of The Mental Health Service in West Cork
Barbara Fitzgerald, most recently President of the European Confederation of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapies (2012-2016)
Anne Colgan board member of the European Association for Psychotherapy
Senator Colette Kelleher.
The conference collated the views of participants on the title topic and this will be made available to all in due course.
One Day Workshop
8th September 2017
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