Avant Take: This workshop is well worth it if you work with suicidal clients, if you only have ONE suicidal client, or if you just worry about having a suicidal client. Knowing how to accurately assess risk AND what to do next will immediately decrease your stress and anxiety and increase your confidence and competence.
Working with the Suicidal Client: Assessment, Intervention, Risk Management & Self-Care
This workshop will teach participants to assess a client’s level of risk for suicide by taking into account number of factors including underlying vulnerabilities (distal factors) and immediate dangers (proximal factors). We will focus on empirically-based interventions tailored to the specific level of risk. This will include, but is not limited to, strategies for emotional de-escalation, means restriction, and safety planning as well as broader interventions for clients at lower risk levels. Participants will then learn specific ways to manage risk when working with suicidal clients. We will discuss additional ways to manage anxiety in the moment and improve self-care overall. Several full case examples will be used to illustrate the material.
- Assess level of suicide risk taking into account a variety of distal and proximal factors and learn which of these is most closely linked to completed suicide
- Utilize at least three empirically-based clinical interventions for suicide that take into account specific level of risk
- Understand standard risk management techniques, including documentation, to employ when working with suicidal clients
- Discuss ways to improve therapist self-care and manage stress when working with clients considering suicide
Continuing Education Credit
- Psychologists – 5 CE credits
- LCSW, LPC, LMFT: 5 Related hours
Avant Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Avant Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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