Book: Autopsy Of A Suicidal Mind By Edwin S. Schneidman

Clinical Title: Suicide: The Ongoing Challenge to all Clinical Social Workers

Presenter: Marta Zehner, MSS, LCSW, BCD
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10 am – 1 pm | 3 CEs
(Please arrive at 9:30 am for light breakfast, sign-in, and socialization.)
Location: Elkins Park, PA
(Exact location will be emailed after you register.)

Book Description:
Dr. Schneidman, a founder of the field of suicidology, wrote this book as a result of being given an 11-page suicide note by the mother of a son who had committed suicide, This mother was looking for more insight into her son’s tragic death. In order to accomplish this, Schneidman interviewed Arthur’s family, closest friends and colleagues, an ex- wife, girlfriend, psychotherapist and physician. From this he gleaned a stunning picture of Arthur’s life, from childhood through to his eventual successful suicide. We are given a glimpse of an emotionally tortured life, containing many successes that could not overcome the “psychache” experienced throughout this young man’s life. Following this, Schneidman invited 8 experts in suicidology to examine the material from the above interviews and the suicide note Each of these experts bring their own approach and each offer a psychological analysis of the material and an opinion of what might have been done to save Arthur’s life, This extraordinary book offers clinical social workers an opportunity to explore their own understanding of suicide, the driving forces involved, its assessment, treatment and prevention.

Clinical Objectives: By reading this book and participating in the discussion, participants will:

  1. Review the biological/neurological, environmental and developmental red flags that are considered the vulnerabilities to suicide.
  2. Compare and contrast the varying approaches provided by each of the eight expert suicidologists.
  3. Discuss a key part of a psychological autopsy: could this suicide been prevented?
  4. Examine one’s own beliefs and approach to assessment and treatment of suicide.

About the Presenter:
Marta Zehner
is a founding member of PSCSW. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings, Women Organized Against Rape, Women’s Community Revitalization Project and most recently Vital Decisions. Marta has taught at both the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research as well as the University Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice. She has been trained in Psychodynamic theory, Family Therapy Theory, Gestalt Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Marta has maintained a private practice for more than 46 years.

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Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS:  This program is approved for credits.  Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • Event: Book: Autopsy Of A Suicidal Mind By Edwin S. Schneidman
  • March 24, 2018
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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