Webinar: Suicide Among Senior Citizens: A Durkheimian Perspective


When:  Jan 30, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (ET)


Online Instructions:
Url: http://naswinstitute.inreachce.com/Details/Information/384134f9-e62e-4810-aeef-d69f8ab2af18
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Cost: SPS Members:  Free / NASW Members:  $30 / Non-NASW Members: $40

CE: 1.5 Clinical Contact Hours

Presenter:  Stephen M. Marson, PhD, ACSW

The presentation addresses the application of Durkheim’s theory of suicide to the contemporary elderly population.  Using Durkheim’s theory of suicide helps us look for signs of suicide potential among elderly clients and residents. However, it does much more. Once a practitioner has identified high suicide potential, Durkheim’s theory guides the practitioner to a particular type of intervention. For Durkheim, all suicide potentials are not the same. Each type of suicide potential requires a unique intervention strategy. Thus, once a practitioner uses Durkheim’s theory to identify suicide potential, the suicide category may be determined. When one identifies the type of suicide, the practitioners can provide the best intervention to address the social problems that are propelling the elderly person toward suicide.  Durkheim discovered that the social environment is the springboard for many suicides. In particular, he uncovered four environments that create suicide potential. These social environments include fatalistic, anomic, egoistic, and altruistic.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand that the social environment is a powerful predictor for suicide among elderly populations.
  • To understand that because of the peculiar nature of elderly suicide ideation, clinical models offer little assistance in addressing suicide prevention.
  • To understand Durkheim’s theory in order to apply it to current gerontological clients.