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Advances in Research and Treatment


Friday, April 8, 2005
The Massachusetts Medical Society
Waltham, Massachusetts


The McLean Hospital
Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education

Shervert H. Frazier, M.D.

Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.
Medical Director

William S. Pollack, Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Education

Course Description

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide took the lives of over 30,000 Americans in 2001. It is the 11th leading cause of death for all Americans and the 3rd leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24. More people die of suicide than homicide in the United States. In 2002, over 130,000 people were admitted to hospitals for suicide attempts and another 116,000 were seen in emergency rooms and released. We have all heard these and other statistics that identify the gravity of the problem. However, the bigger issue is not identifying that suicide is a problem, but the factors that might contribute to someone taking his/her life and what mental health professionals and others can do to prevent suicide.

McLean Hospital, an affiliated teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, has invited renowned experts in the field of suicide to bring you this conference. They will explore a wide range of areas, including the biological underpinnings of suicide, psychological and characterological aspects of suicidal patients, effective treatments for suicide prevention, and medicolegal liability for the clinicians treating these patients. Participants will leave the conference with a better understanding of what factors may lead some people to consider suicide and ways to intervene.

Course Objectives

  • Learn to identify and evaluate signs of suicide and principles for risk evaluation and management in treatment of suicidal patients.
  • Learn about the latest research advancement in evaluation and multimodal treatment of suicidal patients.
  • Learn different techniques and strategies that can optimize treatment of suicidal patients.

Course Directors

Elsa Ronningstam, Ph.D.

Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.


This conference is supported in part by restricted educational grants-in-aid from Janssen Pharmaceutica.

Friday, April 8, 2005

9:00-9:10 Welcome and Introduction
9:10-9:30 Overview: Recent Progress in Suicide Studies
Igor Weinberg, Ph.D.
9:30-10:25 Identifying and Responding to the SuicideCrisis:
Results from AFSP Research Study
Herbert Hendin, M.D.
10:25 to 10:40 Refreshments
10:40-11:45 The Adreno-Cortical Axis in Suicide:
The Interface Between Neurobiology and Psychology
J. Michael Bostwick, M.D.
11:45-12:30 Research Advances in Pharmacological Suicide Prevention
Ross J. Baldessarini, M.D.
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:10 Suicidality in the Absence of Depression:
Characterological Aspects of the Suicidal Patient

Elsa Ronningstam, Ph.D.
2:10-2:50 Parasuicidal and Suicidal Behavior in Borderline Patients
John G. Gunderson, M.D.
2:50-3:05 Refreshments
3:05-3:45 Treatment of the Acutely Suicidal Patient
John Maltsberger, M.D.
3:45-4:30 Legal Aspects and Liability in Suicide Prevention
Thomas Gutheil, M.D.
4:30-5:00 Panel Discussion

Ross J. Baldessarini, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry (Neuroscience) Harvard Medical School
Director: McLean Psychopharmacology Program,
Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory, & International Consortium for Bipolar Disorder Research

J. Michael Bostwick, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Mayo Medical School
Consultant, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic and Foundation

John G. Gunderson, M.D.

Director of Psychosocial and Personality Research McLean Hospital Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Thomas Gutheil, M.D.

Co-Director, Program in Psychiatry and the Law Massachusetts Mental Health Center Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Herbert Hendin, M.D.

Medical Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College

John Maltsberger, M.D.

Clinical Associate, McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital Associate
Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School

Elsa Ronningstam, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, McLean Hospital
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School

Igor Weinberg, Ph.D

Clinical and Research Fellow, McLean Hospital


Tuition Fee:

Doctoral Level Professionals: $195

Other Professionals and Trainees: $125

If paying by check, make it payable to McLean Hospital and mail with the completed registration form to McLean Hospital, Department of Continuing Education, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478-9106. If paying by credit card, fax the completed registration form to (617) 855-2349, or mail it to the above address. You may register on-line at A confirmation letter will be mailed to you upon receipt of registration.


Refunds (minus a $50 handling fee) are available for cancellations received my mail or fax up to one week prior to the course. There will be no refunds granted after October 22, 2004

This course will be held at
The Massachusetts Medical Society
860 Winter Street
Waltham Woods Corporate Center
Waltham, MA 02451-1411

The conference center is located off of Route 128/Highway 95 in Waltham.
Directions will be sent with registration confirmations.
Telephone Number for the Massachusetts Medical Society: 781-893-4610

McLean Hospital Contact Information:

Telephone: (617) 855-3152 Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM (Eastern Time)
Online Information and Registration:


McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.5 category 1 credits towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity

Psychologists: McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for Psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for the program. Participants meeting the requirements will receive 6.5 C.E. credits.

Nurses: This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 7.8 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. RN, CS’s please note: As of April 17, 2001, educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) will also count toward the nursing requirement of 50% of contact hours from an ANCC accredited or approved provider.

Social Workers: Suicide: Advances in Research and Treatment has been approved in accordance with the Regulations of the Board of Registration of Social Workers, 258 CMR 31.00. NASW Authorization number is D 5871-2 for 6.5 credits

Licensed Mental Health Counselors:McLean Hospital is accredited by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). The hospital’s provider number is 6085. The program is approved for 6.5 credit hours.

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McLean Hospital Suicide Conference

Friday, April 8, 2005
The Massachusetts Medical Society
Waltham, Massachusetts

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