Deconstructing the Depression-Suicide Connection

Presented by Karen Landmann, LCSW on 09-24-2021 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and suicidality are serious public health concerns in the United States and abroad. This continuing education workshop for therapists and counselors will explore how to diagnose and treat depression, how to recognize and treat suicidality, and ways that mental health clinicians can process their countertransference regarding these conditions.

In this 2-hour continuing education webinar, Karen Landmann, LCSW will examine one or more composite case studies in detail, abstracting clinically-salient information and actionable details. Karen will explain how to diagnose MDD and how to recognize when suicidal ideation, planning, developing means, and having intent are present in therapy clients. She will also educate participants on how to assess the extent and the lethality of suicidal ideation using a "road map"/"timeline" framework.

In this course, Karen will also focus on racial, cultural, socioeconomic, disability-related, and other factors that may impact MDD and suicidality. In addition, she will review methods to evaluate clients' longstanding psychological issues and methods of coping (or lack thereof).

Additionally, Karen will address the clinician's own process while dealing with these difficult clinical issues. Most clinicians feel worry, fear, anxiety, stress, or other related emotions while helping majorly depressed and/or suicidal clients. However, less acceptable feelings such as anger and frustration often go unnoticed. Karen will seek to recognize and validate all possible feelings that may arise in clinicians, and she will provide clear tools for managing this parallel process.

This introductory continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health professionals:

  1. Diagnose Major Depressive Disorder.
  2. Recognize and determine the extent of a client's suicidal ideation, planning, means, and intent.
  3. Identify and describe the client's depressed and/or suicidal condition within a framework of their upbringing and other psychological issues.
  4. Relate and explain Major Depressive Disorder to cultural influences and factors.
  5. List strategies to cope more effectively with countertransference related to serving clients with Major Depressive Disorder and/or suicidality.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: This program presents an overview of established methods of diagnosis as set out by the American Psychiatric Association. It also utilizes researched and published methods of treatment. It is consistent with the ethics code of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Statements about the provision of services and addressing clinician countertransference are according to the presenter's understanding of medical necessity, clinical documentation standards, and ethical and legal obligations at the time of the program. This program surveys methods to apply the material of instruction In a clinically responsible manner, although the presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed for every person in every situation. A body of literature researched by the presenter suggests that the methods are effective and safe. As always, however, an incorrect application of psychotherapeutic interventions with mentally vulnerable individuals can lead to adverse outcomes.

The PowerPoint presentation may include images related to suicidality that some find triggering. Participants who may be triggered by such images can participate via audio only if they prefer by dialing into the WebEx teleconference line. 

Declaration identifying any potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support: The presenter has no known conflict of interest in conducting this seminar at this time.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling into the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see the live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial into the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions.

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in your GoodTherapy Account. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 3/30/2019 – 3/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

GoodTherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395. GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 12 or 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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Meet the Presenter

Karen Landmann, LCSW

Karen Landmann, LCSW

Karen Landmann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Manhattan, New York. Educated at Columbia University, she has been in the field for 26 years. Her clientele consists primarily of persons dealing with depression, trauma, and chronic illness. They come from a great variety of ethnic and cultural origins. Ms. Landmann has been working with persons with Severe Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and suicidality throughout her career and is informed by up-to-date research and her professional experience in developing effective interventions.

Besides depression and suicidality, Ms. Landmann focuses professionally on the aspect of Abusive Traumatic Bonding™ (a term that she herself coined) in intimate partner relationships. Karen has presented on Abusive Traumatic Bonding™ at NYU Silver School of Social Work Office of Global and Lifelong Learning (this presentation will be repeated on December 8, 2021) and National Association of Social Workers New York City (NASW-NYC). Her workshop on Trauma and Spirituality will be featured by NASW-New York State in November 2021. She has a keynote conference presentation at Convenings of Crisis Intervention Personnel under her belt, as well as numerous peer-reviewed publications, including Psychoanalytic Social Work and a book chapter in “Poverty and Street Children in East Africa” (Edward Mellen Press).

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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