Saturday, March 10, 2012
Bainbridge Island, Washington

Founder of Contextual-Conceptual Therapy:
Guiding the Suicidal Person Using Maps, Models, & Metaphors

[Co-Facilitated by CCT Associates: James Hayes & Jason Moran]

“There has never been a therapy specifically for suicide, until today.

~ David Olive, Ph.D.
Lead Psychologist
National Health Service of England

Introductory Workshop Description:

   In this highly original, one-of-a-kind workshop*, we will present a new cutting edge approach to suicidality It is called Contextual-Conceptual Therapy. The CCT model has been successfully applied in hospital settings, including emergency rooms, and in private practice. We will explore what being in dialogue with 16,000 suicidal inpatients in individual and group therapy has taught Fredric Matteson over the past two decades of ongoing clinical experience. By the end of the day, you will be introduced to the unique context and metaphoric language of the suicidal person. You will leave with a new way to conceptualize the phenomenology of the suicidal state. You will learn of a counterintuitive way to be able to communicate with the suicidal person, to be able to “reach” them from inside of their own experience with the life-saving information they so desperately need to introduce them to a new pathway out of suicide.
   Traditional medical/psychiatric models approach the problem of suicidality from a variety of theoretical perspectives: biological, cognitive, psychodynamic, etc. However, practical interventions based on these theories often fail. Many suicidal persons often admit to years of counseling, hospitalizations, and medication. They say they will feel better for awhile but then feel twice as suicidal the next time they are in crisis. What this indicates is that an underlying problem keeps changing form, but the problem never changes.

The CCT model uses “maps, models, and metaphors” to help the suicidal person be able to access and integrate “new” information from within their own lives, to create a new frame of reference, a larger context to put what they already know into a new perspective.

[* A prerequisite to the CCT Training]


  1. Understand how suicide is a symptom and not “the” problem; see suicide as a crisis of identity.
  2. Explain suicide as a “context-bound” problem: conceptualize the context of the suicidal person.
  3. Explore the metaphoric language of the suicidal person; understand the use of metaphors, paradox, and other forms of “indirect” communication, to bypass the suicidal person’s lethal logic.
  4. Conceptualize the importance of spatial understanding to “communicate” with suicidal persons: the use of maps, models, and other visuals.
  5. State why suicidal persons need to be destabilized; understand a “danger” in comforting them.
  6. Visualize the difference between CCT and other approaches to suicide.


On Saturday, March 10, 2012, the Center for Contextual-Conceptual Education will offer a one-day Contextual-Conceptual Therapy (CCT) introductory workshop for working with suicidal persons. The CCT model is based upon Fredric Matteson's 24 year experience working with over 16,000 suicidal patients in one-to-one and group therapy on the mental health unit of a major public hospital. The workshop will be held on Bainbridge Island -- a 25 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. The site is located just above the marina in Eagle Harbor.

Here are the details:
CCT Event: Contextual-Conceptual Therapy Introductory Workshop
When: Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: 187 Parfitt Way, Suite G 100, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(A 10-minute walking distance from the ferry)
Cost: $190 (plus $5 for printed materials)
Lunch: there are 5 waterside eateries in the immediate area; or bag lunch optional
Description: See "Attachment"
Target Audience: Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Nurses, Psychiatrists, Chaplains, Other Mental Health Professionals, Suicide Prevention Specialists
To allow for intimacy and maximum interpersonal exchange, each CCT workshop is limited to only 10 (ten) participants, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To secure your place in the March 10 workshop, send a check for the full amount or a deposit of $75.00 by February 24 to: Fredric Matteson, c/o The Center for Contextual-Conceptual Education, P.O. Box 10243, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110