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Understanding Suicide’s Allure: A Professional and Personal Perspective

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Rhoda G. Sarnat Lecture
Understanding Suicide’s Allure: A Professional and Personal Perspective
March 7, 2019

The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration Lobby
969 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

5:30pm: Doors open, book sale, and light reception
Copies of Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals available for purchase on-site
6:00 - 7:30pm: Lecture and Q & A (1.5 CEUs available*)
Book signing following lecture

Free and open to the public; registration required

Fears about client suicide and professional liability can impede an empathic, nonjudgmental understanding of a person’s suicidal thought process. In this talk, Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, will describe the rationale and techniques for uncovering a suicidal person’s narrative, including how the person came to view death as a potential solution to their problems. Dr. Freedenthal offers a unique perspective on suicide, both as a clinical suicidologist and as a suicide attempt survivor. Dr. Freedenthal will explain how her lived experiences of suicidality have informed her clinical approach, and she also will address the limits and potential liabilities of personal history when striving to understand another person’s wish to die.

Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, writes and teaches extensively about suicide risk assessment and intervention. Her book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals, was published in fall 2017. Her website, SpeakingOfSuicide.com, has received more than 4 million visits. Dr. Freedenthal first started working in suicide prevention in 1994, when she volunteered at a suicide hotline. She subsequently earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas and held clinical positions in crisis settings before earning her Ph.D. in social work at Washington University in St. Louis. As an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Dr. Freedenthal coordinates the mental health curriculum. She also maintains a private psychotherapy and consulting practice specializing in helping people who have experienced suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, or lost a loved one to suicide. Dr. Freedenthal’s personal accounts of her lived experience of suicidality have appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, and Colorado Public Radio.

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Seating is limited on a first-come, first-seated basis. Arrive early to claim your seat. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration on Eventbrite so that others may register (go to "View Order").

University of Chicago surface parking lots are free and open after 4:00pm. The closest lots are #6 Wells, #8 Woodlawn Social Services Center, and #9 Edelstone.

*1.5 CEUs available. The Professional Development Program at SSA is a state of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage & family therapists. Indicate your interest in CE credit at check-in.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Carmella Snook, csnook@uchicago.edu or 773.702.9700 at least three days in advance of the event.

For general questions about the event, contact The Professional Development Program at pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu or 773.702.1166

The Rhoda G. Sarnat Lecture was founded at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration through the generosity of Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat. It is delivered annually by a prominent researcher or practitioner on a topic especially pertinent to clinical social work.

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