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Suicide Assessment & Intervention: Assess Suicidal Ideation and Effectively Intervene in Crisis Situations with Confidence, Composure and Sensitivity
Suicide Assessment & Intervention: Assess Suicidal Ideation and Effectively Intervene in Crisis Situations with Confidence, Composure and Sensitivity

Where:   ALBANY, NY

When:  Friday, June 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Losing a client to suicide is your worst nightmare. And there inevitably comes a time when the suicidal client is more than just an intangible dread. When an actual person, suffering and sitting in your office reveals they are having suicidal thoughts, many clinicians are left feeling unprepared, frightened, and unsure what to do next. The weight of keeping someone alive can steer you in the direction of avoidance. Desperate and alone, suicidal clients can find themselves passed from one therapist to the next. And that’s not care.

Don’t let fear push you away.

This seminar will transform how you view and work with suicidal clients and give you the clinical tools you need to save lives.

Full of thought provoking lecture, engaging case studies, and guided instruction on a host of powerful clinical applications, this seminar will provide you with the tools you need to:
  • Assess for suicidal risk and identify implicit and explicit expressions of suicidal thought.
  • Formulate a game-plan for crisis when suicide is imminent.
  • Intervene in suicidal despair with proactive approaches derived from the evidence-based efficacy of CBT and DBT.
  • Effectively use targeted language with suicidal clients that will help you avoid stigma and successfully communicate your compassion.
  • Provide innovative grief support resources that connect clients and clinicians with other survivors of suicide and suicide loss
Leave this seminar feeling confident and capable to work with suicidal clients and guide them out of the darkness and back into the light!
Objectives:

  1. Assess individuals at risk of suicide with a clinical approach that identifies both explicit and implicit expressions of suicidal thought.
  2. Ascertain key indicators of imminent suicide and develop a strategy for determining when and how to hospitalize clients.
  3. Formulate a CBT and DBT oriented case conceptualization that addresses how to effectively work with specific populations including veterans and the elderly.
  4. Employ a collaborative safety approach to help clients survive a suicidal crisis while avoiding the pitfalls of suicide contracting and the false sense of security and decreased clinical vigilance that can accompany their use.
  5. Connect suicidal clients with communication strategies that convey your compassion and support and effectively strengthen the therapeutic alliance.
  6. Reduce access to lethal means with tips and tactics for implementing a multi-systemic approach that incorporates the suicidal person’s social connections into their safety plan.
OUTLINE

Suicide: Who, When, How and Where
  • Addiction recovery
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Populations with multiple risk factors
  • Suicide attempt survivors – learning from their experience
  • Upstream clinical practices: reaching people before the point of crisis
Elicit Key Information from Suicidal Clients: Assessment and Level of Risk
  • Implicit and explicit expressions of suicidal thoughts
  • Communicating caring: Language to impart compassion and avoid stigma
  • Suicide risk assessment
    • SAFE-T
    • PATH WARM
    • Ideation, plan, means, intent
    • Level of risk
Formulate Treatment Plans that Help Clients Regulate Emotions and Make Them Feel Valued and Connected
  • Collaborative safety planning (or “Why Suicide Contracting is Dead”)
  • Proactive approaches to decrease the likelihood of suicidal despair
  • Multi-system approaches – support systems
  • Evidence-based treatments:
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
      • Cognitive restructuring strategies
      • Emotional regulation exercises
      • Behavioral Activation
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
      • How to organize a skills training group
      • Tips for phone coaching
    • Relapse prevention plans
    • Reduce access to lethal means
    • Working with specific populations: veterans, the elderly
Confidently Handle Crisis Situations
  • Conduct a behavioral chain analysis
  • Validating reasons for suicide
  • Identify reasons for living
  • Use distress tolerance and CBT skills to manage a crisis
  • When and how to hospitalize
Suicide Grief Support and Innovative Suicide-Specific Care
  • Implement Suicide Grief Support
    • Understand the unique nature of suicide grief
    • Peer-based support: Connect clients to other survivors of loss
    • Access and Reclaim compassion
      • Somatic resourcing
      • Remembered resources
      • Assess clients self-talk
ReInvest in a Life Worth Living: Rekindle the Desires of the Heart
  • The PIE of life – brainstorm possibilities of growth
  • Cultivate social connection and re-engagement
    • Support and grief groups
    • Toxic people
    • Working with families impacted by loss
  • Choice and perspective
  • Foster gratitude and a spirit of contentment after loss
  • Measurements of Post-Traumatic Growth
Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • School-Based Counselors
  • School-Based Psychologists
  • School-Based Social Workers
  • School Administrators
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

SALLY SPENCER-THOMAS, PSY.D., MNM

Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., MNM, sees suicide prevention and mental health promotion from a host of perspectives. Clinical Psychologist. Mental Health Advocate. Faculty member. Researcher. And suicide loss survivor. She was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, Carson, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition.

Dr. Spencer-Thomas has been an invited speaker at the White House on the topics of mental health and suicide prevention and has held leadership positions for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the American Association for Suicidology, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She has won multiple awards for her leadership including the 2014 Survivor of the Year from the American Association of Suicidology, the 2014 Invisible Disabilities Association Impact Honors Award, the 2012 Alumni Master Scholar from the University of Denver, the 2015 Farbarow Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the 2016 Career Achievement Alumni Award from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Spencer-Thomas has a Doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver, a Masters in non-profit management from Regis University, and a bachelor’s in psychology and studio art with a minor in economics from Bowdoin College. She has written four books on mental health and violence prevention.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sally Spencer-Thomas is speaker, trainer and change agent for Sally Spencer-Thomas, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sally Spencer-Thomas has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.




Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

New York Addiction Professionals: This course has been approved by OASAS for 6.25 clock hours toward Initial Credentialing for Section 4 Renewal for CASAC, or CPP or CPS. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.


Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Massachusetts Counselors: This program has been approved for 6.25 1 MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. Expires: 06/28/2020. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

New Jersey Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

New York Counselors: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Educators/Teachers
This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Massachusetts School Personnel: This course may be applicable for 6.25 Professional Development Points toward your Professional Development Plan per the Massachusetts Department of Education recertification guidelines; check with your licensing authority for more information.

New Jersey Educators, Administrators & Education Services Personnel: This activity will offer 6.0 Actual Professional Development Hours. PESI, Inc., powered by MEDS-PDN, is a registered New Jersey Professional Development Provider with the NJ Dept. of Education.

New York Educators: PESI, Inc. is an approved sponsor of CTLE with the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) Office of Teaching Initiatives. Provider #23567. This activity will qualify for 6.25 Approved Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Hour(s), in the area of Pedagogy. Hours are based on full attendance. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Massachusetts Marriage & Family Therapists: This activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.

New York Marriage & Family Therapists: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
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This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

New York Psychologists: This live activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction and is related to the practice of psychology.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Social Workers
This intermediate level activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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