The Role of Psychic Pain in Suicide Risk and Recovery
September 9, 2022 at 4:15 PM 5:30 PM Eastern
General Admission: $75 (through 8/15/22, then $125)
Student/Resident/Fellow: $25 (through 8/15/22, then $35)
Katie C. Lewis, PhD, gives the afternoon keynote address at the 2022 Suicide Prevention Conference sponsored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Katie C. Lewis, PhD, gives the afternoon keynote address "The Role of Psychic Pain in Suicide Risk and Recovery" at the 2022 Suicide Prevention Conference sponsored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Description of keynote address from the conference website: "Suicidal thinking and behavior involve complex interactions between affective experiences, cognitive processes, and other biopsychosocial vulnerabilities. The mental states that precede suicidal behavior - while often embedded in longstanding developmental and characterological contexts - are believed to contain at their core a sense of anguish that is perceived as both unbearable and unending, often referred to as “psychic pain”. Experiences of psychic pain are often difficult for suicidal individuals to clearly articulate, and this coupled with the many differing theoretical conceptualizations of psychic pain in the literature on suicide have made the assessment and treatment of psychic pain challenging for both clinicians and researchers. In this presentation, different approaches to understanding psychic pain will be described, and empirical evidence supporting its importance in in understanding and addressing vulnerability to suicidal thoughts and actions will be reviewed. Attendees will be oriented to a range of approaches to evaluating psychic pain in the context of treatment and integrating considerations of psychic pain into clinical intervention. Finally, the role of protective factors (such as resilience, sense of meaning, and post traumatic growth) in promoting recovery from persistent states of psychic pain will be discussed. This presentation will support attendees’ development of new skills related to dynamic interviewing, risk assessment, to intervention approaches with chronically suicidal patients."