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Parenting depressed and suicidal adolescents, Dr. Gary Diamond Public Talk 22nd September 2016


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presented by

Gary M. Diamond, Ph.D


To coincide with September's World Suicide Prevention Day, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is delighted to announce the second of two public lectures to support suicide prevention. Details on this lecture can be viewed below. Please click here to view details on the first PSI public lecture being held to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day.

Venue: The Red Hall, Chartered Accountants House, 47 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Date: Thursday 22nd of September 2016

Time: 6.30pm

Registration for this event is required. To register please book your place using the form to the right of this page

Unquestionably, depression and suicidal thoughts during adolescence are major health concerns, both for adolescents themselves and for those who love them. In the U.S., 11.4% of adolescents have suffered a major depressive episode over the past year, and 8.6% seriously considered killing themselves. Rates for depression among Irish adolescents appear similarly high, and a recent study suggested that suicide rates among Irish adolescents are among the highest in the European Union. This public talk will describe the type of parenting associated with healthy adolescent development and ways in which parents can work to reduce some of the risk factors associated with adolescent depression and suicidal thoughts. More specifically, the talk will illustrate how parents can respond to their adolescent in a manner that promotes their adolescent’s capacity to understand and deal with their emotions, express their distress and needs more clearly, and problem solve. The goal of this parenting approach is to reduce family conflict, open lines of communication, help the adolescent make better sense of his or her own world and to better position parents to understand, support and advocate for their child. When the quality of the adolescent-parent relationship is improved, adolescents are more likely to turn to their parents during times of distress and use them for support and guidance.

Gary M. Diamond, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University. He is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and co-developer of attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) for depressed and suicidal adolescents. He, along with his colleague Professor Guy Diamond, recently received the annual research award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Their book “Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents” (2014) was published by the American Psychological Association. Professor Diamond trains and supervises therapists around the world.


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