Finding the Connection: Therapeutic Work with Suicidal Clients

3 CEUs

Clients caught a suicidal process find themselves drawn towards a destructive act that promises relief while blocking messages of hope. At the same time, they present for treatment to gain relief. 

As a follow-up to our "Working With Suicidal Clients" workshop, this 3-hour training session seeks to explore and understand the challenges facing therapists who hope to join suicidal clients on a path out of self-destructive coping. Therapists of any theoretical background will be provided a framework for psychotherapy with suicidal clients.

Prerequisite: Completion of Wellspring's "Working with Suicidal Clients" workshop. 

Upcoming workshop dates in Seattle: 

Friday, March 9, 2018


  • Establishing the frame of treatment.
  • Understanding common aspects of the suicidal process.
  • Using psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral strategies to address suicide risk.
  • Common problems in treatment with suicidal clients: Countertransference, crisis management, hospitalization and breaking confidentiality.
  • Documentation.  

Workshop Cost & Location

The workshop runs from 9:00am - noon. The cost for 3 CEUs is $105 for online registration. All workshops are held at Wellspring Family Services, 1900 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle. Pre-registration is required.

Workshop Instructor

Jeffrey Sung, M.D. is an acting instructor with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Since 2002, his clinical responsibilities have included direct service and consultation in the care of individuals facing homelessness, medical illness, substance use and psychiatric conditions. He has taught psychodynamic theory, suicide risk assessment and managing response to patient suicide to psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, primary care providers and social workers. In addition to work with the university, Dr. Sung also maintains a private practice.

In 2015, Dr. Sung and Keith Myers shared the Sue Eastgard Training Excellence Award for their work on Wellspring’s "Working with Suicidal Clients" workshop.