Questioning Suicide’s Claim in Pathology: Ethical Discussions - BHCE

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 05:30 PM until 07:30 PM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Contact Person
AKTC Support
Support Phone
(907) 264-6244
Support Email
Support Website
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

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Rural AKHealth Professions Foundation/AKTraining Cooperative
Tirzah Shelton, PsyD.


C.E. Credit for National Association of Social Workers Alaska Chapter (NASW-AK): 2.00
Specialization: Ethics and Suicide
C.E. Credit for BH - Alaska Board of Professional Counselors: 2.00
Specialization: Ethics and Suicide
C.E. Credit for BH - National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC): 2.00
Specialization: Ethics and Suicide
Certification Number: UAATC
Contact Hours: 2.00

Training Overview Description

This training will take a critical look at the dominant western understanding of suicide and its prevention. Participants will be encouraged to question taken-for-granted assumptions and consider adopting alternative perspectives to understanding suicide. Alternative perspectives on suicide and its prevention will be introduced as counter to the dominant medical perspective, which assumes suicide is an artifact of individual pathology bypassing the society mechanism that create human suffering (Kleinman, 1998). Instead, critical suicidology (Marsh, 2010) and relational suicide (Flemings, 2009) perspectives propose a less stigmatizing and more encompassing understanding of the diversity of suffering.

The presenter will highlight some of the ethical circumstances that may arise from the practices of the western perspective of suicide. A comparison will be offered of each perspective on suicide, to include questions asked by the therapist from a cultural humility perspective. The presenter will discuss the literature on differing views of understanding suicide, borrowing particularly from the work of Douglas Fleming and Ian Marsh. This discussion will include the risks of engaging in perspectives that enforce the ongoing pathologizing of humanity, which can be detrimental and hinder the therapeutic work with individuals who consider suicide as an option.

Event-specific Details


This training will be presented as an interactive web conference using Zoom software. Zoom must be downloaded if you are a first-time user. The link to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed two days prior to the training date to those who complete registration and payment. Please watch for the email. Payment must be processed before access to the training is available. Test Zoom on your computer prior to that time. For more information about Zoom or to download the software go to To view a video on how to join a meeting go to:, or to simply test your computer for Zoom go to

It is your responsibility to arrange for a computer that can access the Internet, use Zoom, and has a camera and microphone (or headset) available. Zoom can be used on a PC or Mac, laptop, IPad, or tablet and requires an Internet connection, a microphone and a camera.

To confirm your attendance during the training and receive credit for attendance you must display your first and last name. You must be logged on and prepared with a camera and microphone (or a headset) prior to the start of class. Download the Zoom software and log into the web conference at least 10-15 minutes before the training start time. A camera is required to verify attendance.

For assistance or to test your Zoom connection prior to the training, contact AKTC Support, 907-264-6244,

Training resources, including the training evaluation and link to the Zoom web conference will be emailed to all those who have completed registration and payment prior to the day of training.

The training evaluation is due when the training is completed. There may be an additional fee of $15.00 due for your CE Certificate if your training evaluation is not received within 30 calendar days after the training event. CE Certificates will be distributed via your LMS Profile email address within two weeks after the class to participants who complete the class, have paid their account, and submitted their evaluation. Updated distribution of Certificates will happen once per month after.

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Registration Information

For questions about the content of this training, please contact Tom McRoberts, 907-264-6251,

For technical assistance with registration or Zoom, please contact AKTC Support, 907-264-6244,

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