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Monterey County Chapter 

The Call of Darkness: Managing Suicidality in Clinical Practice

  • 11 Jul 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Monterey County Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapists

in collaboration with Listening Perspectives Study Center presents

The Call of Darkness:

Managing Suicidality in Clinical Practice

with Dr. Lawrence Hedges


Saturday, July 11, 2020

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Speaker Presentation begins
4:30 pm program adjourns

6 CEUs

Note: This single class satisfies both the California licensing board’s mandated suicide prevention presentation class as well as the law and ethics requirements. 

The Call of Darkness: Managing Suicidality in Clinical Practice

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. 

  • 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”.
  • 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”.


  • Pre-licensed:  $75* 
  • Licensed MC-CAMFT Members: $85 
  • Other CAMFT Chapter Members: $85
  • Allied Professionals:  $100

Cost includes 6 CEs

*For financial assistance information, contact Jennifer Farley prior to registration, (pre-licensed only)

About Dr. Lawrence Hedges:

Lawrence 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. He has consulted or served as expert witness on more than 400 complaints against psychotherapists in 20 states and has published 19 books on various topics of interest to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, three of which have received the Gradiva award. During the 1909 centennial celebrations of The International Psychoanalytic   Association his 1992 book, Interpreting the Countertransference, was named one of the key contributions in the relational track during the first century of psychoanalysis. In 2015, Dr. Hedges was distinguished by being awarded honorary membership in the American Psychoanalytic Association for his many contributions to psychoanalysis.


Contact Judy Masliyah at or 831-649-3326


This year's program is co-sponsored by The Newport Psychoanalytic Institute.  The exact number of credits awarded is equal to the number of contact hours for each event and is specified on the Syllabus and the Registration Form.  The Newport Psychoanalytic Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Newport Psychoanalytic Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognizes Continuing Education Credits awarded by providers approves by the American Psychological Association to Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and LPCCs.

About the Listening Perspectives Study Center:

  • The Listening Perspectives Study Center is an equal opportunity CE provider committed to principles of equality and social justice.  Information regarding attendance policies, credits, instructors, qualifications, ethics, grievances and conflicts of interest are spelled out on the website
  • There are no commercial interests or conflicts of interest involved in this Continuing Education class.  Full attendance and completed course evaluations are required for Continuing Education credit for class.  The knowledge and usefulness off the material presented in this class is based upon research and is limited to the contexts discussed.  No experimental or dangerous procedures are part of this class.
  • The Listening Perspectives Study Center is committed to ensuring that our programs are accessible to participants with disabilities.  Contact the center with your request and every effort will be made to accommodate you.

Refund Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 14 days in advance of the event. No refunds or cancellations within 4 days of the event or for no show or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. Direct all refund requests  to Susan West: If the event is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund. By registering for the event, you agree to the terms of the Refund Policy.

The Monterey County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (MC-CAMFT)  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

P.O. Box 3092, Monterey, CA 93942

Located on Ancestral Native Lands of Rumsen/Ohlone/Esselen Peoples

MC-CAMFT Grievance Policy:  If a grievance regarding CEUs is brought to the attention of the MC-CAMFT Board the board will review it and will vote on the validity of the grievance.  If the grievance is proven valid by the Board a full or partial refund will be given.

ADA Compliance:  All MC-CAMFT luncheons and conferences are held in accessible locations.

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