Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work Clinical Book Discussion Program
Facing the Darkness: bearing witness to the suicidal mind in Judith Guest’s Ordinary People
Book Title: Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Clinical Title: Facing the Darkness: Bearing witness to the suicidal mind in Judith Guest’s Ordinary People.
Presenters: Fran Gerstein, LCSW
Date: Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
Time: 10am-1pm | 3 CEUs (Suicide specific)
Place: Zoom Online Meeting: Link will be sent after registration.
About the Book: Ordinary People follow the Jarrett family in the aftermath of a fatal accident. It is written from the perspective of a despairing father, Calvin, and his suicidal son, Conrad. A major focus is the relationship between Conrad and Dr. Berger, a relational therapist, who bears witness to Conrad as he falls apart and then rebuilds himself anew. In this book we see how different family members respond to grief in ways that can bring them together or isolate them entirely. It offers a poignant depiction of the suicidal mind and in the person of Dr. Berger shows an example of meaningful intervention. The aim of this workshop is to explore what happens to families in the aftermath of tragedy and to better understand why suicidal impulses are often a reaction to acute grief and loss.
Clinical Objectives: By reading this book and participating in the discussion, attendees will:
- Identify the ways a person might react to tragic loss, including suicidal thinking.
- Describe the best therapeutic practices in assessing and preventing suicide.
- Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a relational approach to working with acutely suicidal clients.
- Apply family therapy theories to explore how family dynamics might increase or mitigate suicidal thinking.
About the Presenters:
Fran Gerstein, LCSW, BCD has been in private practice for over 30 years. She has served as adjunct faculty for the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Jefferson University. She is a frequent lecturer on topics including family therapy, couple’s work, eating disorders, and grief and loss.
This PSCSW Event is open to PSCSW members only.
Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get continuing education credits.
Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.
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.
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 3 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 3 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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- August 2, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm