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Notes On Suicide

Started Oct 15, 2020

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Full course description

Thursday, October 15th from 7-8:30 pm (EST)-- Fully Online Lecture

Eligible for 1.5 CEs for LMHC and Psychologists 


This event is free to the public, please use the promotional code ETHICSERIES3 to register at no cost.
This event is $25 for Licensed Mental Health Counselors or Psychologists seeking CEs for this lecture. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time. 


Suicide is everywhere. It haunts history and current events. It haunts our own networks of friends and family. The specter of suicide looms large, but the topic is taboo because any meaningful discussion must at the very least consider that the answer to the question — ‘is life worth living?’ — might not be an emphatic yes; it might even be a stern no. Through a sweeping historical overview of suicide, a moving literary survey of famous suicide notes, and a psychological analysis of himself, Simon Critchley offers us an insight into what it means to possess the all too human gift and the curse of being able to choose life or death.

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this presentation the participant will: (1) describe a more philosophically nuanced (a) interpretation of suicide and (b) value of life in the face of suffering (2) analyze ethical subtexts of personal understanding and approaches to human identity and suffering (3) apply Critchley’s philosophical scholarship on depression and suicide to clinical scenarios and practice

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on October 15, 2020.  This lecture is instructor-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via (Zoom) from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm (EST). 

CEU Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content." Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

Participants must attend the workshop in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

This workshop does not offer CEs for social workers or other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

Tuition includes all instructional materials. Participants receive a certificate of participation.

This event is free if you are NOT seeking CEs towards your license. If you plan on seeking CEs for this lecture, the cost is $25. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time.  

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes on October 15th at 7 pm. Refunds will be granted only up to the first day of class/program. 


Simon Critchley 


Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His work engages in many areas: continental philosophy, philosophy and literature, psychoanalysis, ethics, and political theory, among others. He has written on topics as diverse as David Bowie, religion, and suicide. As moderator of ‘The Stone’ at The New York Times, Critchley asks philosophers to weigh in on contemporary issues in art, literature, politics, and popular culture.