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Suicidality: Changing the Narrative

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America is in the midst of a suicide crisis. Earlier this year, the Center for Disease Control released statistics showing that the rate of suicide increased by 33% between 1999 and 2017. Since 2008, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all ages. That rate only increases when there is a history of childhood abuse and neglect. However, as therapists most of us received little, if any training, about how to manage a suicidal crisis. Most of the training that is available focuses on ‘fixing’ the problem of suicide through prediction and prevention techniques.

In this presentation we will ask our participants to re-consider current understanding of suicidal behaviors as the problem, and demonstrate through case examples, how suicidality holds meaning for our clients, that requires exploration. We will present techniques to help clinicians work through the many emotional, practical, and ethical problems that can arise from an acute or chronic suicidal crisis. We hope that clinicians will leave with a new language and tools for a new kind of conversation about suicide, one that leaves both survivor and therapist with a sense of hope, in what has traditionally been a hopelessness inducing experience.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Suicidality: Changing the Narrative created by Cornelia Tietke, MSW, Simone Jacobs, LCSW-C, and Joanne Zucchetto, MSW in 2020.

Publication Date:

May 2020

Course Material Authors

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Cornelia Tietke, MSW
Cornelia Tietke, LICSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, DC. She specializes in the treatment of complex trauma in adults and also in the treatment of travel anxiety. For ten years, she worked as a psychotherapist and social worker in the inpatient unit of the Center for Post-Traumatic Disorders program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. She also serves as a board member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy + Psychoanalysis.
Simone Jacobs, LCSW-C
Simone Jacobs is a graduate of Kings College, London University and Smith College School of Social Work. Since obtaining her MSW over 10 years ago, she has focused her training and experience on working with survivors of trauma. She first became interested in working with trauma when she interned at The Center: Posttraumatic Disorders Program. She now runs a group practice, in Takoma Park, MD with a focus on working with survivors of trauma and women of color. She is also the co-author of "Understanding the Paradox of Surviving Childhood Trauma."
Joanne Zucchetto, MSW
Joanne is a graduate of Hunter College in New York, and University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. She has been a trauma therapist for over 20 years, working in two of the most established trauma treatment programs in the country, at Shepard Pratt and here at The Center: Posttraumatic Disorders Program. She is currently running a busy private practice in Friendship Heights, and is the co-author of a new book, “Understanding the Paradox of Surviving Childhood Trauma”

Course Creator

Sandi Cardaman
Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify three current narratives that make working through a suicidal crisis so difficult for both clinicians and survivors of abuse and neglect
  2. Identify and describe how suicidal behaviors serve as a complex coping mechanism for survivors of abuse and neglect
  3. Describe to survivors of abuse and neglect how to reframe the suicidal crisis by identifying the underlying meaning and opening up a different kind of dialogue


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Course Creator: Sandi Cardaman
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Course Number 102820
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