Call of Darkness: Managing Suicidality in Clinical Practice

Saturday, September 28th, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm
6.0 CE Credits

WILA Alumni Assc. Presents Larry Hedges, PhD, PsyD, ABPP

The WILA Alumni Association is excited to present our next CE+WILA event of 2019. Just like last year, we’re hosting CE events on topics important to our community as well as clinical development.

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.


Learning Objectives

  • 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”.


Saturday, September 28th, 2019
10am – 5pm


New Center for Psychoanalysis
2014 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025


Free parking available in the NCP lot, entrance behind off Beloit, first come first serve. Overflow paid parking available at nearby lots.


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Larry Hedges, PhD, PsyD, ABPP


Larry 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 and supervising 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 he continues to serve as supervising and training analyst. Throughout his career Dr. Hedges has provided continuing education courses for psychotherapists throughout the United States and abroad. 




Wright Institute Los Angeles is approved by the California Psychological Association, which is recognized by the Board of Psychology and the Board of Behavioral Science to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.  Wright Institute Los Angeles maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  Full attendance in addition to the completion of the appropriate evaluation form are required in order to receive CE credits.  CPA OPD provider number WLA001.