Film: The Departure (1 Suicide CE)

Clinical Title: The Departure, A discussion about Suicide: ethical considerations, legal expectations and clinical intervention

Presenter: Claudia Apfelbaum, MSS, LCSW

Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 7 pm - 10 pm Film and Discussion, 1 | Suicide CE
Location: Conshohocken, PA
(The exact location will be emailed to you after you register.)

Description and Reason for Film choice:
This recently produced film, nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, presents, in a moving way, the real life experiences of a Japanese punk rock star turned monk as a counselor to people seriously contemplating suicide. Through his eyes and ears, the audience hears the thoughts, feelings and turmoil of different individuals as they struggle with their lives and their feelings about life. This film enables the audience to enter into the life of both counselor and individual contemplating suicide. It will give us the opportunity to explore the complexity of suicide from an ethical and therapeutic perspective as well as some of the eloquent responses to suicidal ideation that the monk offers.

Theoretical Orientations: Attachment Theory, Object Relations Theory
Key Concepts: Suicide, problems in contemporary society, risk and resilience, counseling approaches, ethical considerations, therapist responsibility, impact on the therapist


  1. To deepen our understanding of the person contemplating suicide
  2. To increase our ability to respond therapeutically
  3. To increase knowledge about the legal, ethical, and therapeutic responsibilities for therapists working with suicidal patients and offer reflections on the ethical dilemmas inherent in this responsibility

About the Presenter:
Claudia Apfelbaum, MSS, LCSW has been in private practice since 2004 and was a social worker, working primarily with mothers and children in child abuse prevention in the City of Philadelphia for many years before that. She received her master’s in social work and social research from Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work in 1981. She has taught at Community College of Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill College. Currently she runs a group called Overcoming Isolation for older adults and sees individuals and couples in therapy.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

This program is presented and hosted by PSCSW members. Both the presenter and host put a lot of time and preparation to make sure that attendees are receiving a wonderful program and feel welcome at the program. Just as in your professional life when someone cancels last minute, it has an impact on you. Please be cognizant of this when you register for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: This program is approved for suicide 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 suicide 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 clinical 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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  • November 16, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm