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Working with Suicidal Patients: An online workshop with Donald Campbell for SIP Members and Trainees

20 November 2021 @ 10:00 AM 1:00 PM

  • Online workshop for SIP Members & Associates (includes Trainees)
  • Saturday 20th November 2021
  • 10 am – 1 pm
  • Tickets £10 – £25

The workshop will begin with a talk by Donald Campbell. This will be followed by a clinical case presentation by an SIP member. Time will be allowed for in-depth discussion of both the talk and the case presentation.

About the talk

I have found that in order to work with a suicidal patient I have had to understand the nature and function of their Pre-suicide State of Mind, which is influenced by a suicide fantasy that reflects the self’s aggressive relationship with its body and its primary objects. Working with Suicidal Patients begins with Freud’s view in Mourning and Melancholia (1917) that “sadism alone … solves the riddle of the tendency to suicide…” and will explore the nature of ruthless and sadistic violence. Five common suicide fantasies will be discussed and illustrated with clinical vignettes. The father’s critical role in the outcome of a pre-suicide state will be described with particular attention to the way it is experienced in the counter-transference.

About the speaker

Donald Campbell is a training and supervising analyst, Distinguished Fellow, past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and former Secretary General of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He also served as Chair of the Portman Clinic in London where he worked in outpatient psychoanalytic psychotherapy as a child, adolescent and adult analyst for 30 years with violent and delinquent individuals and patients suffering from a perversion. He has published papers and chapters on such subjects as adolescence, doubt, shame, metaphor, violence, perversion, child sexual abuse, and horror film monsters. In 2017 his paper, Self-analysis and the development of an interpretation, appeared in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Also, in 2017 he co-authored with Rob Hale, Working in the Dark: Understanding the pre-suicide state of mind, which was published by Routledge.