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    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Chestnut Hill College - The Chateau at Sugarloaf (9220 Germantown Ave Philadelphia PA 19118)
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    2017 Fall Program #2 Co-sponsored by Chestnut Hill College

    Navigating Chronic Suicidality: The Challenges and Rewards of a Dangerous Journey

    Victor Welzant, PsyD

    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    Registration 8:30 a.m., program starts at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 12:30 p.m.

    Venue: Sugarloaf at Chestnut Hill College

    9220 Germantown Ave Philadelphia PA 19118

    3 CE Credits (This program will meet the PA Act 74 requirement for suicide prevention)


    There are few issues more threatening and unsettling than the suicidal patient. For many, suicidal thoughts and behavior may be an intense expression of pain and suffering, which pass once appropriate care is received. For others, suicidality is an ever-present part of their daily lives. Working with these “chronically suicidal” patients not only entails some of the challenges of acute moments of suicide, but often also potentially destructive and damaging conduct, such as self-injury, attacks on the treatment, and ongoing difficulty maintaining and regulating affect. Interestingly, these patients are often also able to make good use of therapy so long as both parties can contain difficult feelings and establish a collaborative treatment relationship.

    In this presentation, Victor Welzant, Psy.D., Director of the Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Trauma at the Sheppard Pratt Health System, will talk about working with chronically suicidal patients. By blending contemporary theory along with in-depth clinical case examples, Dr. Welzant will help explicate the clinical skills required for both creating a sufficient holding environment, and also facilitating the type of clinical engagement required for understanding and processing chronic suicidality. Moreover, drawing from his years of clinical experience, Dr. Welzant will talk personally about some of the challenges of working with this population and the ways of tolerating the anxiety that chronic suicidality entails.

    Victor Welzant, PsyD, is the director of the Sheppard Pratt Health System Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Trauma, and serves as the Director of Education and Training and past member of the Board of Directors of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, based in Ellicott City, MD. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and serves as immediate past director and faculty of the ISSTD psychotherapy training program. Dr. Welzant maintains a private consulting and clinical practice in Towson, MD, where he specializes in the treatment of Trauma and Stress-Related conditions, organizational training, clinical consultation, and program development. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, and Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Welzant lectures and consults internationally on the topics of crisis intervention, suicide, and the impact and treatment of trauma.


    8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Registration

    9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. - Introduction and Business Meeting

    9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Presentation

    10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Mid-morning Break

    11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Presentation continues


    1. Identify symptoms and patterns of chronically suicidal patients to facilitate clinical understanding of the dynamics of these treatments and to help the clinician provide early support to patients at risk. 

    2. Develop three skills for successfully creating a holding environment and utilize interventions with chronically suicidal patients to help keep the patient safe and in treatment. 

    3. Describe three strategies for the clinician to manage his/her anxiety while working with chronically suicidal patients in the service of clinician self-care and helping the clinician remain available to and effective with this population. 


    Bagge, C. L., Glenn, C. R., & Lee, H.-J. (2013). Quantifying the impact of recent negative life events on suicide attempts. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122(2), 359-368.

    Briggs, S., Goldblatt, M., Lindner, R., Maltsberger, T., & Fielder, G. (2012). Suicide and trauma: A case discussion. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 26(1), 13–33.

    Holmes, J. (2011). Attachment theory and the suicidal patient. In M. Jobes (Ed.), Building a therapeutic alliance with the suicidal patient (pp. 149–167). Washington DC: APA.


    Fees cover the cost of three continuing education credits, breakfast, light refreshments and coffee

    Prior to 10/13/17 / After 10/13/17:

    PSPP Members: $55 / $65

    Non-Member Professionals: $65 / $75

    Early Career Professionals*: $25 / $35

    Retired Professionals: $25 / $35

    Graduate Students: $10 / $15

    *Early career professionals are those within seven years of receiving their professional degree.

    Fees listed per person.  Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.  Refunds requested prior to 10/29/17 paid in full, less a $20 administrative fee.


    Online registration will be available at the PSPP website through 10/27/17. Following this date, participants may register for the program at the door.

    Registration by mail is available by contacting: Dr. Sarah White, PSPP Membership Chair: 3804 Church Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08504  

    This program is intended for mental health professionals with an intermediate level of knowledge and experience it is not limited to individuals practicing in a psychoanalytic mode.


    The Chateau at Sugarloaf is a quarter mile east of the Main entrance of Chestnut Hill College on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. It is located at the corner of Germantown Ave. and Bells Mill Rd. and has entrances from both roads. Follow either driveway all the way up the hill. Parking lot is just below the building.

    If using a GPS, use the following address:
    9220 Germantown Ave Philadelphia PA 19118

    Click here for a campus map

    From the North & East
    Take Route 95/New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 6: Pennsylvania Turnpike/Route 276 West to Exit 333: Norristown. From the exit, stay to the right and follow Germantown Pike east toward Philadelphia. Continue for four miles to the College. The SugarLoaf campus entrance is on the right, a quarter-mile further east on Germantown Avenue.

    From the West

    Take Route 276/Pennsylvania Turnpike East to Exit 333: Norristown. From the exit, stay to the right and follow Germantown Pike east toward Philadelphia. Continue for four miles to the College. The SugarLoaf campus entrance is on the right, a quarter-mile further east on Germantown Avenue.

    From the South
    Follow I-95 North to Route 476 North to Exit 19: Germantown Pike East. Exit onto Chemical Road to the traffic light. Turn right onto Germantown Pike and continue four miles to the College. The SugarLoaf campus entrance is on the right, a quarter-mile further east on Germantown Avenue.

    By Train
    Both Septa Chestnut Hill East (R7) and the Chestnut Hill West (R8) lines go to the town of Chestnut Hill. (If using Chestnut Hill East (R7), walk two blocks down Chestnut Hill Avenue to Germantown Avenue). Heading West on Germantown Ave, Sugarloaf is about ¾ mile from either train station.


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

    PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 (CEUs) continuing education credits. These credits can be used to fulfill the PA Act 74 requirement for education in suicide prevention. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.  Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological  Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 

    SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in PA can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Div 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, those professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Div 39 approved programs.

    EDUCATORS: Act 48 credits are available to participants who hold an educational certificate in PA. If you need act 48 credits please be sure to bring your PPID number to the conference. Act 48 credits are processed by PSPP, and you will receive a letter in the mail documenting that you have earned 3 Act 48 credits a few weeks after the conference.


    PSPP and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict 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 discussion periods. 

    Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible. If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Kelly Bassett, LP, MEd at 646-510-1593 or e-mail There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and most common risk factors, if any.

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