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Why People Die by Suicide (in-person & virtual)

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Presenting: Dr. Thomas Joiner who is perhaps best known for the "Interpersonal Theory of Suicide," which proposes a nexus of risk including an intractable sense of feeling alone and burdensome and the capacity for suicide, the facets of which are fearlessness of death, high pain tolerance, and familiarity with the means of suicide. This session will cover this established theory as well as assessment, treatment, and prevention approaches of suicidal behavior. Dr. Joiner is The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University (FSU). He is the author of over 800 peer-reviewed publications, and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior. Largely in connection with his book, Why People Die By Suicide, he has made numerous media appearances, including two appearances on the Dr. Phil Show. He runs a part-time clinical and consulting practice specializing in, among other topics, suicidal behavior, including legal consultation on suits involving death by suicide.

Click "Register" to reserve your spot. For more information contact Jennifer Lyristis ( Discount for WellSpan employees and those not receiving non-continuing education credits.


3 Continuing Education credits. WellSpan Philhaven is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and has pre-approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Work Examiners to offer continuing education credits to Pennsylvania Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors. WellSpan Philhaven maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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