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.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess level of suicide risk taking into account a variety of distal and proximal factors and identify which of these factors 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
  • List 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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