Lyn Morris, LMFT
Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations
As Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Lyn Morris, LMFT, oversees 550 clinical staff and volunteers in all of Didi Hirsch’s clinical divisions, which include Adult, Child and Family, Residential, Substance use and the Suicide Prevention Center. Under her leadership our clinical staff are trained in several evidence-based practices, such as trauma-focused therapy and 0-5 early intervention, to ensure clients receive the highest quality care.
Lyn joined the agency in 2000 as a Program Director for Adult Outpatient Services. In 2005, she became the Division Director for the Suicide Prevention Center, and a leading advocate in the field of suicide prevention. She has testified before the California Legislature in support of statewide suicide prevention funding for all California Lifeline Centers. She also established the California Suicide Prevention Network (CSPN) in collaboration with ten statewide crisis centers to help build local capacity in suicide prevention and to encourage widespread adoption of best practice programs, interventions, curricula and protocols.
She has conducted over 200 clinical lectures on suicide assessment and intervention and has trained hundreds of first responders in crisis intervention, including FBI agents, SWAT Crisis Negotiators, Los Angeles Police and Firefighters, 911 Dispatchers and members of the LAPD Mental Evaluation Unit.
She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1999. She collaborated with Suicide Prevention Center co-founder Dr. Norman Farberow on a chapter in the book GRIEF AFTER SUICIDE: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors, which was written by Drs. John McIntosh and John R. Jordan and published in 2010. She also was a lead author on the Survivors of Suicide Attempts support group curriculum which has been shared with mental health professionals in all 50 states and 30 countries.
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.