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EP13 Invited Address 04 – Suicide: Where We Are, Where We Were, and Where Are We Going – Marsha Linehan, PhD

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Suicide |  Invited Addresses |  Psychotherapy |  Research
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2013
Marsha Linehan, PhD
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Dec 13, 2013
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There is no area of research that brings a complex array of ethical issues into sharp focus more than conducting treatment trials when the focus is on decreasing suicidal behavior and preventing suicide. Historically, suicidal individuals have been excluded from treatment studies because their inclusion was thought to be unethical, unsafe or too difficult to manage clinically. This presentation will discuss where the field of suicide intervention research started, the successes and failures we have encountered thus far, as well as the critical issues that still need to be addressed in order to move the field forward. It will include a summary of the suicide intervention research trials, to date, and the directions the field is heading toward addressing the complex problem of suicidal behaviors.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Describe the methodology and problems, to date, in suicidal research.
  2. Describe the methodology that is needed for suicide research.
  3. Describe clinical treatments and adequate treatment support for suicidal behavior.

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Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is an American psychologist and author. She is the creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a type of psychotherapy that combines behavioral science with Zen concepts like acceptance and mindfulness. Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Her primary research is in the application of behavioral models to suicidal behaviors, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder. She has received several awards recognizing her clinical and research contributions and is past president of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychopathological Association, Dr. Linehan is a diplomate of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology.