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Spring Conference: Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP

  • 17 Mar 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center - Morrison Education and Conference Center


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Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society presents a Spring Conference

Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP


Moral Injury 

and the 


of Suicide

Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:00am - 12:15pm

University of Tennessee Medical Center

Morrison Education and Conference Center

1924 Alcoa Highway

Knoxville, Tennessee  37920

Description of Program

A family history of suicide confers a risk of suicide on surviving family members, yet the mechanisms for the intergenerational transmission of suicide are poorly understood. The intrapsychic labor that occurs within surviving family members following a suicide is examined, particularly around the issue of moral injury, the potential emergence of a mysterious object relation, and the relation of these to the Third. Survivors may embark on what Apprey (2014) has called an “urgent errand” which can lead to the emergence of identifications with the family member who has performed suicide. Various case examples of the intergenerational transmission of suicide will be discussed in an effort to elucidate dynamic formulations about this particular state of mind.


Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP is the Evelyn Stefansson Neff Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. A clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst at the Austen Riggs Center, Dr. Tillman has a research interest in suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention. She is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is the principal investigator on several studies related to suicide survivors and the long- term trajectory of suicidal thinking and behavior. She earned her doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:50am Welcome and Introduction

9:00am Presentation Part 1 

10:30am Break with Refreshments

10:45am Presentation Part 2

12:15pm Complete Evaluations and Adjourn.

Learning Objectives

After attending this intermediate-level program in full, participants will be able to:

1. Define moral injury and utilize this concept to deepen therapeutic work with patients who have a family history of suicide.

2. Identify the intrapsychic alterations that are associated with suicidal states of mind.

3. Utilize, for the benefit of treatment, a psychodynamic formulation about suicidal thinking that occurs in patients with a family history of suicide.


This program is open to all APS members and other interested mental health professionals who may not be members. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a predominately psychoanalytic mode. The material will be appropriate for clinicians with intermediate levels of experience and knowledge.

Registration Fees and Policies:

BY March 12, 2018:

Professional and Scholar Members: $50.

Non-member Professionals: $65.

Early-Career Professional Members: $5.

AFTER March 12, 2018 and at the door:

Professional and Scholar Members: $60.

Non-member Professionals: $75.

Early-Career Professional Members$15.

Graduate Student Members: Free.

Online registration will close on March 15, 2018.

Although walk-ins will be accepted, please register online at in advance to assure adequate food and seating.

If you prefer to pay by check, please print the Conference Registration form, and mail with your payment to:

Scott Swan, PhD
APS Treasurer
1005 Kenesaw Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37919.

Refunds honored with written/electronic notice at least 24 hours before date of conference. Contact Scott Swan, PhD

Contact the APS President Bill MacGillivray, PhD to negotiate fees, if needed.

Facility is accessible to persons who are physically challenged. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to Bill MacGillivray, PhD.

APS Membership:

Eligible professionals can join APS or renew their membership for the 2017-2018 program year for $80. Scholars can join/renew for $50 and Early-Career Professionals can join/renew for $45. Graduate students may join or renew for $25.

American Psychological Association Approval Statement:
Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education:
This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.0 continuing education credits. With full attendance and completion of a program Evaluation and Learning Assessment, a certificate will be issued. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.

APS and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. APS and Division 39 are also committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.


If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to the APS President Bill MacGillivray, PhD.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between Division 39, APS, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding sources that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the validity/utility of the content and risks/limitations of the approaches discussed will be addressed, as indicated.  

Selected References/Recommended Reading

Tillman, JG. The Intergenerational Transmission of Suicide: Moral Injury and the Mysterious Object in the Work of Walker Percy. J Am Psychoanal Assoc. 2016:541-567.

Shay, J. Moral injury. Psychoanal Psychol. 2014;31(2):182-191.

Apprey, M. A pluperfect errand. Free Assoc. 2014;(66):16-29.

Rey, JH. That Which Patients Bring to Analysis.pdf. Int J Psych. 1988;69:457-470.

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