Via live interactive webinar
“Are you thinking about killing yourself?” This can be a difficult question to ask someone. Maybe it’s the myths surrounding suicide, that asking the client might give them the idea, or perhaps it’s due to our own discomfort as clinicians with the amount of liability we hold in these situations. In graduate school, many of us learned the basics of the risk assessment interview, but we may be missing information including, most importantly: what happens next? Whatever the influence, many mental health practitioners find the topic of suicide squeamish.
While there is a plethora of screening tools available and protocol to follow, the most challenging part of working with someone who is suicidal can be our discomfort in having those difficult conversations. As we juggle ethical considerations, liability, fearfulness for the client’s safety, and personal reactions to suicide, it is crucial to hold on to empathy.
This training will teach participants how to manage the constant flow of considerations we have as mental health professionals while maintaining empathy and authenticity. We will cover how to assess and help suicidal children, teens and adults. “Are you thinking about killing yourself” can seem like a difficult question to ask, but it is important to remember that in that moment, we are simply having a conversation with another person, and this connection can provide a lifeline.
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Recite at least three sources of empirical support for utilizing a Humanist approach in suicidal risk assessment and intervention.
- Identify five clinical skills recommended during risk assessment and discuss the rationale for employing each.
- Recall at least three screening tools for suicide assessment and be able to complete a safety plan.
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2 CE Live Online Contact Hour(s)
Note: Live interactive webinar is considered the same credit status as live in person by New York, Maryland and many other State boards. Please confirm with your local board.
Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167. Note: This course provides 2 Contact Hour(s) live online credits (via interactive webinar).
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