The 2018 Beata Rank Lecture @ BPSI
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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The Effect of Suicide on Therapists, Communities and Organizations: Clinical and Research Perspectives @ BPSI
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Effect of Suicide on Therapists, Communities and Organizations: Clinical and Research Perspectives

In the United States the suicide rate has increased 30% since 1999. Each completed suicide leaves a number of survivors including family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Communities and organizations may also be affected by the suicide of members, activating complex systems dynamics. Research shows that suicide survivors report experiences of shame, blame, need for concealing the cause of death, group projective dynamics, and stigma. Recognizing the variety of experiences that are common to suicide survivors may help psychotherapists understand their own reactions when a patient dies by suicide, and also help them to more effectively treat patients who are survivors of suicide.

In this presentation clinical and research perspectives on suicide survivors, with particular attention to psychotherapists and psychoanalysts as survivors of patient suicide, will be presented. Postvention strategies at the level of the individual and organization will be addressed. There will be ample time for discussion.


Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP (Presenter) is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of The Erikson Institute for Education and Research, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA. She is a graduate of the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, on the Faculty of the Yale Child Study Center, and a Teaching Associate of the Harvard Medical School. She has written, researched, and taught about the effect of patient suicide on therapists and on the states of mind preceding near lethal suicides, and has been awarded several research grants from the American and the International Psychoanalytic Associations for her research on these topics.

Joseph M. Schwartz, PhD (Discussant) is a Psychoanalyst Member, ATP Supervisor, and Faculty Member of the Psychoanalytic Training, Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training (ATP), Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Explorations in Mind programs at BPSI. Most recently Dr. Schwartz served as BPSI’s Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2016-2018. He maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA.

Janet Noonan, LICSW (Moderator) is a Faculty Member at BPSI and a Teaching Associate for Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She maintains a private practice in Brookline.


Learning Objectives
After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the effects of patient suicide on therapists.
  2. Discuss the group and organizational systems dynamics associated with suicide.
  3. Describe the phenomena of contagion of suicide within communities and institutions.
  4. Identify the characteristics of bereavement that are specific to death by suicide.


Tillman, JG and Carter, AM. (2014). The trauma of patient suicide. In: Deutsch, R. (Ed). Traumatic Ruptures: Abandonment and Betrayal in the Analytic Relationship. London: Routledge Press. pp. 66-78.
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. Vol. 64 (3) pp. 541-567.
Cerel, J. , Brown, M. M., Maple, M. , Singleton, M. , Venne, J. , Moore, M. and Flaherty, C. (2018). How Many People Are Exposed to Suicide? Not Six. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior. DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12450
Cerel, J & Sanford, R.L. (2018) It’s Not Who You Know, It’s How You Think You Know Them: Suicide Exposure and Suicide Bereavement. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. 71:1, 76-96. DOI: 10.1080/00797308.2017.1415066

9:00 am – 9:10 am: Welcome and Introduction; 9:10 am – 10:10 am: Presentation; 10:10 am – 10:30 am: Break; 10:30 am – 11:00 am: Discussant; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Response from Presenter and Discussion with Audience.


Continuing Education

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physician. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 3 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of the social work CE accreditation.

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Licensed Mental Health Clinicians:The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6913. BPSI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program offers 3 NBCC Clock Hours.

Cancellation Policies & Procedures
If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

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