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Moral Injury and the Intergenerational Transmission of Suicide

November 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Moral Injury and the Intergenerational Transmission of Suicide.

A presentation by
Jane G. Tillman, Ph.D., ABPP.

Saturday November 17, 2018.
9:00 am — 12 pm.
Location: The Austen Riggs Center



A family history of suicide confers a risk of suicide on surviving family members, yet the mechanisms for the intergenerational transmission of suicide are poorly understood. The intrapsychic labor that occurs within surviving family members following a suicide is examined, particularly around the issue of moral injury, the potential emergence of a mysterious object relation, and the relation of these to the Third. Survivors may embark on what Apprey (2014) has called an “urgent errand” which can lead to the emergence of identifications with the family member who has performed suicide. Various case examples of the intergenerational transmission of suicide will be discussed in an effort to elucidate dynamic formulations about this particular state of mind.

About the Presenter
Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. A clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst she has a research interest in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

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Tillman, J.G. (2016). The intergenerational transmission of suicide: Moral injury and the mysterious object in the work of Walker Percy. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 64(3), 541-567.

Tillman, J.G. (2018). Disillusionment and suicidality: When a developmental necessity becomes a clinical challenge. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 66(2), 225-242.

Learning Objectives
After attending this intermediate-level program, participants will be able:
1. To define moral injury.
2. To identify the intrapsychic alterations that are associated with suicidal states of      mind.
3. To develop a psychodynamic formulation about suicidal thinking that occurs in patients with a family history of suicide.

Sponsorship and Continuing Education                           

2.5 CE credits are available to psychologists and psychoanalysts, and 2.5 CE credits will be provided for social workers and LMHCs.                                                                                

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during the discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns or any complaints to Moi Wurgaft, Ph.D., LMHC at 413-230-7027.

WMAAPP is the local chapter of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association.
WMAAPP is committed to following APA ethical guidelines.

A PDF brochure can be found here: WMAAPP brochure Tillman 11-17-2018

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November 17, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Christine Burbank


Austen Riggs Center
25 West Main St.
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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