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Offer for Section VII Members
VII INVITED TO PRESENT WORKSHOP
AT AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY CONFERENCE
by Phillip M. Kleespies, Ph.D.
Section on Clinical Emergencies and Crises (Section VII) was invited
to present a full day pre-conference workshop at the annual American
Association of Suicidology conference (AAS) in Los Angeles on April
12, 2000. Founded in 1968 by psychologists Edwin S. Shneidman, Ph.D.,
and Norman Farberow, Ph.D., AAS is an organization devoted to understanding
and preventing suicide. Its membership is multidisciplinary in nature
and includes mental health and public health professionals and researchers,
as well as suicide prevention and crisis intervention workers.
M. Kleespies, Ph.D., President of Section VII, facilitated and presented
at the workshop which was entitled "Managing Behavioral Emergencies".
He was joined by Robert I. Yufit, Ph.D., President-Elect of Section
VII, and Section VII member, Dale E. McNiel, Ph.D., from the University
of California, San Francisco. In the morning session, Dr. Kleespies
gave an overview of behavioral emergencies and emergency intervention.
He also presented on the emergency interview and the emergency telephone
contact. Dr. McNiel presented on evidence-based clinical assessment
of acute risk of violence. In the afternoon session, Dr. Yufit had
an interactive presentation on coping and vulnerability in assessing
suicide potential, while Dr. Kleespies spoke on issues related to
the refusal of life-sustaining treatment and the impact of patient
emergencies on the clinicians who deal with them.
workshop was well attended and provided an opportunity for Section VII
to become more widely known to the members of another organization that
has overlapping interests with our own. Section VII also had an information
table at the conference where Section brochures and copies of our newsletter,
Behavioral Emergencies Update, were distributed.
VII PRESENTS CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
TO EDWIN S. SHNEIDMAN, PH.D.
by Phillip M. Kleespies, Ph.D.
VII presented a Career Achievement Award to psychologist Edwin S.
Shneidman, Ph.D. at the American Association of Suicidology conference
in Los Angeles on April 13, 2000. The award was presented to Dr. Shneidman
(who is a former President of Division 12) on behalf of Section VII
by Phillip M. Kleespies, Ph.D., President of the Section, and by Robert
I. Yufit, Ph.D., President-Elect of the Section. In giving the award,
Dr. Kleespies spoke of Dr. Shneidman's long and productive career
and of his creativity as a forerunner in the modern study of suicidal
behavior and in founding AAS. He also noted that Dr. Shneidman's efforts
in founding AAS were an inspiration for initiating Section VII and
that Dr. Shneidman had honored the Section by becoming a member.
award read as follows: Career Achievement Award presented by the
Section on Clinical Emergencies and Crises of Division 12 of the American
Psychological Association to Edwin S. Shneidman, Ph.D., for his outstanding
and generative contributions to the study of suicidal behavior and
for his lasting achievement as the Founding Father of the American
Association of Suicidology.
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