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An Integrated Psychodynamic Treatment Model for Suicidal Patients

About the Course:

The Boston Suicide Study Group presents a theoretical and clinical approach to treatment of suicidal patients, often considered among the most challenging patient groups. While fundamentally a psychodynamic treatment grounded in the patient’s internal experience, this integrative model also incorporates elements of research in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT), Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), and developmental and social psychology. Ten specific considerations are explored, from crisis management to narrative identity to attention to the therapeutic alliance.

This course is based on the article, Psychotherapy with Suicidal Patients: The Integrative Psychodynamic Approach of the Boston Suicide Study Group created by Mark Schechter, MD et al. in 2019.

Publication Date:

Medicina. 2019; 55(6):303. June, 2019

Course Material Authors

Mark Schechter,MD

Dr. Mark Schechter is North Shore Medical Center’s Chair of Psychiatry and a part time instructor in psychiatry. He has had multiple works published in peer reviewed journals over the last 14 years.

Elsa Ronningstam, PhD

Dr. Ronningstam is a clinical psychologist in the Gunderson Outpatient Program and the Adult Outpatient Services at McLean Hospital, and an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. As a member of the Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Boston Chapter, Dr. Ronningstam is active in initiatives focused on identifying treating and preventing suicide. Over the past 25 years she has authored over 60 publications, and has given over 100 presentations, lectures, and courses both nationally and internationally.

Benjamin Herbstman, MD

Benjamin J. Herbstman, MD, MHS, is a psychiatrist who provides individual and family consultations at The Pavilion. He is on the psychotherapy faculty at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute where he also chairs the Off the Couch film program and a member of the Boston Suicide Study Group where he writes about and lectures on understanding and preventing suicide.

Course Creator

Kinta Parker, PhD

Kinta Parker is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience as a Medical and Pediatric Psychologist. She has taught multiple courses throughout her career and has given presentations throughout the United States.

Recommended For:

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

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify major clinical challenges associated with treating suicidal patients.

  2. List ten critical components of an integrated psychodynamic approach to treating suicidal patients.

  3. Explain how psychodynamic approaches can be interwoven with strategies derived from other treatment modalities in treating suicidal patients.

Course Material

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Course Number 102977
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