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EP09 Point/Counterpoint 10 - Encountering the Risk of Suicide - James Hillman, PhD

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Point/Counterpoint Sessions |  Suicide |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2009
James Hillman, PhD
1 Hour 23 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 12, 2009
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An expanded understanding of the suicidal urge, and reasoning, belongs to the capability of any therapist, since suicide is always a human potential. The therapist needs to come to terms with his/her own suicidal urges, fears and fantasies, and ideas of death as well. Objective reports – diagnosis, demographics, age groups, psychological situation, social history, personal styles, etc. may or may not help the practitioner in encountering the client’s risk of suicide.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe five “advanced warning signs” of heightened suicide risk.
  2. To list three kinds of therapeutic responses to suicide threat.

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James Hillman, PhD, who received his Ph.D. degree from the Univeristy of Zurich, has served as honorary secretary of the International Association for Analytical Psychology and for 10 years was Director of Studies at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He has written 12 books and was nomiated for a Pulitzer prize.