Lyn Morris, LMFT, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, joined the agency in 2000. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University graduating with Summa cum-laud honors. She has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 15 years.
Lyn Morris began her career at Didi Hirsch as a Program Director for Adult Outpatient Services. In 2005, she became the Division Director for the Suicide Prevention Center. She established the California Suicide Prevention Network (CSPN) in collaboration with ten statewide crisis centers to help build local capacity in suicide prevention and encourage widespread adoption of best practice programs, interventions, curricula and protocols. She is also a trained member of the Suicide Response Team (SRT), which provides support and comfort to family or friends at the scene of a suicide.
She has conducted over 150 clinical lectures on suicide assessment and intervention to approximately 5,000 psychotherapists, social workers, nurses, interns, physicians and psychiatrists. She has also trained various law enforcement agencies and first responders in crisis intervention including: FBI, SWAT Crisis Negotiators, Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments, 911 Dispatchers and the LAPD Mental Evaluation Unit, amongst many others.
Lyn Morris is also a certified trainer in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK; both best practices in suicide prevention.
Due to her expertise in suicide prevention, Lyn Morris has been interviewed by the media on many occasions in the past several years to provide education on suicide prevention including: warning signs, how to help a suicidal person and available resources. She, as well as a colleague, were featured guests on Fox 11’s Midday Sunday show. Examples of other interviews include: Clear Channel’s Community Council public affairs show, National Public Radio (NPR), Korean Broadcasting System, The Daily Breeze and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
In addition, Lyn Morris and Dr. Farberow were invited by Drs. John McIntosh and John R. Jordan to co-author a mini-chapter in their book, GRIEF AFTER SUICIDE: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors which was published in 2010.
Her passion and dedication to suicide prevention comes from personal experience. Lyn Morris is a survivor of suicide having lost a cousin in 1999 and a close friend in 2004.
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