Monterey County Chapter
The Call of Darkness:
Managing Suicidality in Clinical Practice
with Dr. Lawrence Hedges
Saturday, July 11, 2020
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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. Join Dr. Hedges for this intermediate to advanced course for mental health professionals.
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I hope that everyone is staying well and sheltering in place with as much ease as possible. As clinicians, we are in a particularly unique situation in which our clients are looking to us for guidance and support navigating the stressors activated by the pandemic, while we are simultaneously experiencing our own reactions. It is a realm beyond countertransference!
My hope is that MC-CAMFT can be a resource for you to continue to feel connected to each other. We need each others’ support now more than ever in order to be the most effective guide for our clients. In that effort, MC-CAMFT hosted our first Staying Connected Salon earlier in April, and it was really lovely to hear from people and relate to common experiences that are unique to our profession. People offered great ideas, questions, resources and… well… conversation! Please be on the look out for future Staying Connected salons if this sounds appealing to you. Additionally, I want to remind everyone that subscribing to the Announcements/Professional Forum on the website is another great way to be connected to Chapter Members, so please do so if you haven’t already.
I am also committed to ensuring that MC-CAMFT continues to be a resource for your continuing education, so we are going virtual! Our first on-line salon will take place at the end of May facilitated by our new Hospitality Chair, Olivia Fae Stadler. We are also preparing to host our all day July workshop virtually depending on what circumstances dictate as the event draws closer. Furthermore, as the exciting line up of programs for this year is solidified, we will continue to assess what is needed for each of these planned events, and strive to offer things virtually whenever possible as long as gathering in person is not realistic.
As I mentioned above, we have a new Hospitality Chair. I am happy to welcome Olivia Fae Stadler to the MC-CAMFT board. Olivia brings great energy and fresh perspective to the board. Please plan on attending her salon to get to know her and her work!
Personally, I have been experiencing immense amounts of gratitude for the circumstances I am in during this pandemic. In the mix, I often find myself experiencing immense gratitude that I get to continue doing this work. It feels like a real privilege to be able to continue working at all, but beyond that, it also feels like a really important time to be able to show up as a support in helping people continue to process, cope, heal and evolve. I feel grateful that I can do this, and I feel grateful to be connected to a community committed to showing up for others in this way.
Take care everyone!
Sending wellness, ease… and some levity for good measure,
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