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Join Drs. Lawerence Hedges and Bonnie Goldstein for this one day workshop. This single class satisfies both the California licensing board’s mandated suicide prevention class as well as the law and ethics requirements.                                                                    


In this integrative online course, we will explore strategies that will offer guidance in understanding and treating our clients who express feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and despair, including tools to make the best treatment decisions about whether level of suicidality is an immediate threat necessitating hospitalization, assistance in assessing our clients in the most supportive manner, and ways to foster our relationships with suicidal clients as they share their painful and challenging therapeutic moments.

This intermediate to advanced course for mental health professionals begins with the awareness that our ability to predict suicide is little better than chance and that at present there are no consistently reliable empirically validated treatment techniques to prevent suicide. However, Dr. Hedges will demonstrate that in the past three decades much has been learned about the dynamics of suicide and many promising treatment approaches have been advanced that are slowly yielding clinical as well as empirical results.

Dr. Hedges will present the groundbreaking work on suicidality of Freud, Jung, Menninger and Shneidman as well as the more recent work of Linehan, Kernberg, Joiner and the attachment theorists along with the features in common that these treatment approaches seem to share. He will put forth a Relational Listening approach regarding the origins of suicidality in a relational/developmental context and will consider their implications for treating, and managing suicidality.

During the early afternoon segment of this daylong workshop, Dr. Goldstein will explore the particular challenges therapists face when working with adolescents who are struggling with feelings of hopelessness and despair. She will introduce ways that mental health professionals and clients can understand and use their own somatic intelligence in the therapeutic process as a guide for helping to heal the disconnection between body and mind. Through clinical vignettes and short video segments Dr. Goldstein will illustrate treatment through the lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and mind-body awareness.

6 Continuing Education Hours offered to psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, therapists, counselors, nurses, wellness coaches, and other mental health care professionals and community members.


hedgesLarry Hedges, Ph.D., Psy.D., ABPP., began seeing patients in 1966 and completed his training in child psychoanalysis in 1973. Since that time his primary occupation has been training andsupervising psychoanalysts and psychotherapists individually and in groups on their most difficult cases. He was the Founding Director of the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute in 1983 where hecontinues to serve as supervising and training analyst. In 2015 Dr. Hedges was distinguished by being awarded honorary membership in the American Psychoanalytic Association for his many contributions to psychoanalysis.

bonnieGoldstein WEBBonnie Goldstein, PhD is Director of Lifespan Psychological Services; Adjunct Professor, USC School of Social Work; co-developer of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s Child, Adolescent and Family training; co-editor, Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Vols. I & 11; and co-author of numerous papers integrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Embedded Relational Mindfulness in clinical practice. 

Disclosure: The Lifespan Learning Institute and Listening Perspectives have implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of any educational activity must disclose any potentially relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.  The presenters listed above have been determined to be free of conflict for the purposes of this workshop.


  • Define what is meant by “psychache”.
  • Describe Joiner’s interpersonal approach to understanding and managing suicide.
  • State why reliable suicide research has not been possible.
  • Explain the difference between “mourning” and “melancholia”.
  • Explain how a “split in the ego” can lead to suicidality.
  • State how the attachment-abandonment dynamic can lead to instrumental suicidality.
  • State how the connection-withdrawal dynamic can lead to lethal suicidality.
  • Explain what can be learned in a “suicide autopsy”.
  • List four key elements in documenting suicidality that limit your liability.
  • Define what is meant by “telescoped memory”.
  • Discuss why so many creative and famous people suicide at the peak of their careers.
  • Explain why suicide is thought to be always dyadic despite the appearance of isolation and loneliness.
  • Define “suicidal career”.
  • State the difference between “a cry for help” and “a cry of pain”.

CE Credit

Continuing Education Credit: We are approved by APA and CAMFT to offer Contiinuing Education Credit for our programs. Your eligibility for CE Credit is based upon the information contained in your Zoom Conference log-in/ log-out and engagement time.  You must also complete the online Evaluation form by 10/2/21. 

This Conference offers 6 CE Hours.

Psychologists (APA): Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Associa;on to sponsor continuing educa;on for psychologists.
Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this conference and its content. This conference offers 6 hours of CE credit.

LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs (CAMFT): Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (provider # 050085)


Saturday, September 18, 2021
all times are PST (GMT-8)

8:50 Sign-in
9:00 Dr Hedges - Historical and contemporary thought and approaches to Suicidality
10:15 Break
10:30 Dr Hedges - Relational Listening and the implications for treating and managing suicidality
Noon Lunch
1:00 Dr Goldstein - the particular challenges in working with adolescents struggling with hopelessness and despair.
                             - using somatic intelligence in the therapeutic process as a guide for helping to heal the disconnection between body and mind

1:20 Dr Hedges -
2:00 Break
2:15 Dr Hedges -
3:30 Drs Hedges & Goldstein - integration, summary & discussion
     - Q&A
4:00 Conclusion 
     Complete the online Evaluation form within 7 days in order to receive your CE credit

Cost & Details

Fee: $99.00 

Enroll: Online or by phone: 310.474.2505

Access: Online via Zoom - the link will be provided to you.  

Lunch: there will be a 30 minute break at Noon

Attire: Dress comfortably.

Tech Requirements: You will need a stable internet connection and the most recent version of Zoom Client for Meetings (available free here)

Tech Courtesy: we want your experience to be positive, so please

  • Log-in to the session a few minutes early
  • Mute your audio while in the conference sesson except when you are speaking.
  • Submit questions via the chat feature
  • Limit chat submissions to workshop topics only.

Communications: All pre-conference and post-conference communications will be via email or online. This includes but is not limited to: Registration confirmation, digital syllabus, Evaluations, CE certificates, etc.

Cancellations and Refunds: If Lifespan Learning Institute cancels or postpones a program, a full refund will be issued. If you need to cancel: Cancella;on must be made in writing (by mail or by email) and received in our offices at least 10 days prior to the first date of the program. All cancellations are subject to a 20% cancellation fee. 

Grievance Policy: Lifespan Learning Institute is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the Ethical Principles of the APA, CAMFT, and CMA  The full policy and filing procedure are available at

Students with Disabilities: In accordance with the American with Disability Act (ADA), please contact our office (310.474.2505) at least 2 weeks before the program if you need special accommodations.