Preconference Workshops

Workshop 1


Dear Delegates

Due to unavoidable circumstances the Workshop 1: Mindfullness Based Cognitive Therapy has been cancelled.

If you have registered for workshop 1, please contact the secretariat to choose another workshop or for a refund.

The Scientific Committee.

  Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Cognitive Flexibility

This full-day workshop will provide an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and cognitive flexibility, its theoretical rationale application to recurrent depression and suicidality. Participants will be introduced to the current evidence base, and guided through a number of mindfulness practices taught in MBCT, followed by Q&A.

Dr Bergljot Gjelsvik (GBR)

The speaker will be Dr Bergljot Gjelsvik from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Department of Psychiatry at University of Oxford, UK. Dr. Gjelsvik is a Post-doctoral Research Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychiatry having trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Oslo and holds a Masters of Studies degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the University of Oxford. She gained her PhD in suicide prevention and deliberate self-harm from University of Oslo, and is currently undertaking research on mechanisms underlying persistent risk of suicidal behaviour. Bergljot works clinically with depressed and suicidal individuals using MBCT.

Workshop 2

Suicide in Older Adults

This half-day workshop will review and discuss, in an interactive setting, issues related to suicide of senior citizens. A comprehensive overview of the risk predictors of suicide in older adults will be provided. Experts in the field will review suicidality and share their experience with psychodynamic therapy as well as discussing challenges that are frequently encountered during treatment. In addition, different scales for assessing suicidality in older adults will be presented and discussed.

- Emeritus Prof Diego De Leo (AUS)
- Prof Sylvie Lapierre (CAN)
- A. Prof Annette Erlangsen (DNK)
- Dr Reinhard Lindner (DEU)

Emeritus Prof Diego De Leo (AUS)

Doctor of Science (DSc) in Suicidology and Psychogeriatrics, Diego De Leo is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Griffith University, where he directed the Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) [1998-2015]. At AISRAP he is Director Emeritus of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention. Past President of both the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the International Academy for Suicide Research (which he co-founded), he has successfully established and managed high-level international collaborations. Editor in Chief of the journal CRISIS, he is the Chair of Postvention Australia and the Chair of the Department of Psychology, University of Primorska, Slovenia, where he directs the Slovene Centre for Suicide Research. Professor De Leo is widely published (>400 journal articles) and the winner of several national and international awards. In 2013, he was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, awarded for "distinguished service to medicine in the field of psychiatry as a researcher and through the creation of national and international strategies for suicide prevention". Professor De Leo’s research expertise includes definitional issues, old age suicide, international trends and suicide prevention programs.

Prof Sylvie Lapierre (CAN)

Sylvie Lapierre, Ph. D., is Full Professor of psychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory in Gerontology. She is co-chair of the IASP Special Interest Group on Suicide among Older Adults and co-chair of the International Research Group on Suicide in Older Adults.

A. Prof Annette Erlangsen (DNK)

Annette Erlangsen PhD is an Associate Professor and Leader of Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention at the Research Unit of Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship at the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the USA and at the Department of Regional Health Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. She is the Secretary – Treasurer for the International Academy of Suicide Research as well as the national representative for Denmark and co-chair of the Special Interested Group on Suicide in Older Adults for the International Association of Suicide Prevention. Dr. Erlangsen’s research interests include suicide in older adults, bereaved by suicide, affected by suicide attempt, and psychosocial interventions for people at risk of suicide as well as research applied to record linkage data. She has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals as well as book chapters and editorials.

Dr Reinhard Lindner (GER)

Reinhard Lindner (PD Dr. med), is a Specialist in Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is also a consultant in geriatric psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Medical-Geriatric Clinic Albertinen-Haus and the Center for Mental Health, Hamburg. His research interests include gender and age-specific aspects of suicidality, suicide prevention, qualitative methodology in psychiatry and evaluation of psychotherapeutic interventions for older suicidal patients with multiple comorbidities.

Workshop 3

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Suicidal Persons

- In this full-day workshop, CBT techniques directly addressing the dynamics of the suicidal process in depressed patients will be practiced. Particularly those techniques targeting repetitive intrusive thoughts about perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness, and intrusive suicidal ideation, planning, and imagery. The workshop is meant for practitioners who want to increase their therapeutic powers to deal with suicidal crises. Participants will be given the opportunity to practice new skills using their own suicidal patients in role playing.

- Prof Ad JFM Kerkhof (NLD)

Professor Ad J.F.M. Kerkhof is Professor of Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Suicide Prevention at Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research group investigates evidence-based practice guidelines for suicidality assessment/treatment, gatekeeper training in suicide prevention, multicultural screening for adolescent suicide risk, e-learning suicide modules for teachers, collaborative care for personality disordered chronic suicidal patients, psychotherapy for suicidal patients and online suicide self-help. He is the author of the acclaimed book: Stop Worrying: Get Your Life Back on Track with CBT (Open University Press) 2010. Together with Brian Mishara he edited a book on Suicide Prevention and New Technologies (2013). Professor Ad Kerkhof was Editor-in-Chief of Crisis journal. He is also an experienced psychotherapist treating suicidal patients. He is chair of the Amsterdam post graduate school for health care psychology, clinical psychology and psychotherapy.

Workshop 4

Psychological Autopsy

This full-day workshop will provide the theoretical underpinnings of psychological autopsy besides guiding participants in the practical aspects of conducting a psychological post-mortem.

- Dr. Lanny Berman (USA)

Dr. Berman was President of the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) from 2009 to 2013. He is a Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and was the Executive Director of the AAS from 1995 to 2014. He has been the Director of the National Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Dr Berman is the recipient of the 1982 Shneidman Award (for Outstanding Contributions in Research in Suicidology), and the 2006 Louis I. Dublin Award (for outstanding service and contributions to the field of suicide prevention). Dr. Berman holds a B.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology) and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the International Academy of Suicide Research. He has published over 100 professional articles and book chapters and authored/edited seven books in Suicidology. He serves as consulting editor for three peer-reviewed journals: Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, Crisis, and Archives of Suicide Research. Dr Berman was instrumental in producing the training material on Psychological Autopsy for the American Association of Suicidology.

Workshop 5

Gatekeeper training: The Bridge Between Suicide and Life.

- This 3-hour workshop will focus on the critical factor of how to “Listen to Understand,” and how the proper use of Active Listening Skills is vital to building rapport with an individual. “Barriers,” be they physical or subjective, ego’s in communication, and the art of negotiations will be discussed.

Attendees will also learn how compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma can undermine both personal and professional lives and how our commitment to serve can wreak havoc on our lives if not monitored.

- Kevin Briggs (USA)

Kevin Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant, is also know as "Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge." He has intervened with more than 200 people who were actively contemplating suicide by jumping into the Bay, to what they thought would be an instant death. Over his law enforcement career using self-taught interventions, he successfully talked people back over the bridge's rail and to safety.

Workshop 6

The Solution Focused Approach to Suicide Prevention.

This full-day workshop will focus on solution-focused techniques for practitioners who want to enhance their effectiveness in working with patients or clients who experience acute suicidal feelings and ideas.

- John Henden (GBR)

John Henden is an international trainer, author, solution focused (SF) therapist and performance coach. For over 20 years, he worked within UK NHS mental health services. He delivers training courses from a broad portfolio. John has a background in psychology, is a psychotherapist and member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He is the author of the book: Preventing Suicide: the Solution Focused Approach.

Workshop 7

A Workshop for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Clinical Supervisors-Building Competency, Developing Mastery and Fostering Mentoring

- Prof. Dr. Cesar A Alfonso (USA)

Workshop Facilitator: César A. Alfonso
Workshop Leaders: Hazli Zakaria, Aida Adlan, Aili Hashim, Eizwan Hamdie Yusoff, Ng Yin Ping, Lai Mee Huong

Workshop participants: All psychiatrists practicing in Malaysia who are currently doing psychodynamic psychotherapy clinical supervision or are planning to supervise trainees.

Learning Objectives and Workshop Description:
This workshop is designed to develop the supervisory skills of psychiatrists who are or are planning to be in the role of psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisors in psychiatry residency programs, advance training of clinical psychologists, and psychotherapy supervisors of other non physician graduate level mental health professionals throughout Malaysia.

The workshop will combine small-group exercises and discussion, and brief lectures followed by interactive discussions. An interactive exercise at the beginning of the workshop will examine the fine line between clinical supervision and psychotherapy of a supervisee and how to navigate between one dimension and the other, and under what circumstances one could integrate one with the other.

The first module will focus on delineating competencies in psychodynamic psychotherapy and ways to operationalize these in didactic practice through apprenticeship, including observation, collaboration, and assessment. The second module will examine supervision as a process of progressive development, achieving mastery by moving along a continuum of milestones that progress from high motivation, inexperience and high anxiety in beginners; fluctuating confidence and motivation with discouragement when facing impasses at mid-level; and security, consistency in attunement, serenity and humility in advanced practice.

A small group exercise will focus on helping peers and trainees explore counter-transferences in a systematic way, including boredom, rescue fantasies, rage, inadequacy, sadness and erotic feelings.

Lastly, the third module will trace the developmental progression of how supervisors help advance supervisees from inexperience to expertise, ego-supportively, by becoming self-objects and therapeutic role models. Participants will realize how the transition from supervisors to mentors and peers brings about full circle the ultimate aim of clinical supervision.

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