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Sponsored by The Center on Aging

Loneliness, Suicide, and Hope:
A Man called Ove

November 19, 2017,  1-4 PM

(Registration and light refreshments  12:30 PM)

George Max Saiger, MD, Discussion Leader

Film and discussion open to all, $15

Continuing Education Credit Hours:


Fees for Continuing Education Credits

Non-Members $90
Current WSP Members $60
Current WSP Students $15

Other students, please contact the administrative office.

The Program

A Man Called Ove is a Swedish comedy-drama film (2015) based on author Fredrik Backman's 2012 book of the same name. The film was nominated for six awards, winning two, at the 51st Guldbagge Awards in 2016. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

The film tells the tale of a 59-year-old widower Ove Lindahl, who is depressed after the death of his vivacious wife, Sonja. We learn much of Ove’s deprived childhood, his schizoid adjustment, and most important, his unlikely and abiding love for Sonja. In his despair over his loss, Ove makes repeated unsuccessful suicide attempts, allthewhile being slowly drawn back into human connection by various neighbors, including a pregnant Iranian immigrant, an obese lonely teen, a gay man put out by his parents, a bumbling young husband, a feral cat and a semi-demented stroke veteran.


George Saiger, MD, CGP, FAGPA, has been on the faculty of various certification programs at the Washington School of Psychiatry, including The Center on Aging,(of which he was a cofounder), The National Group Psychotherapy Institute, and The Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program. He is a past president of the MidAtlantic Group Psychotherapy Society, and has held various positions in the American Group Psychotherapy Association. For many years he was the clinical director of the Senior Intensive Outpatient Program at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, MD. For even more years, he has belonged to a study group at WSP which examines literary treatments of aging. In 2016, one such selection was the novel, A Man Called Ove.


  1. Link depression with losses that beset our patients
  2. Articulate four redemptive factors of social imbeddedness. 
  3. Describe three impacts of childhood neglect with subsequent depression and suicidality.
  4. Apply the film's interplay of characters and relationships to analogous processes in real-life healing communities in which our clients are embedded.



Online registration has closed, but there is still room, so you may register at the door.


Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of 3_ AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.