Seminar Detail

High Risk Clients: Effective Clinical Interventions for Client Emergencies Related to Suicide, Substance Abuse, Violence & More
High Risk Clients: Effective Clinical Interventions for Client Emergencies Related to Suicide, Substance Abuse, Violence & More

Where:   SYRACUSE, NY

When:  Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Crises are never scheduled, convenient or easy. But they do happen, and you will face them. Clients at risk for crisis often present with so many symptoms and issues, it’s hard to know where to start. Many clinicians, anxious about how to proceed, often miss or avoid asking the right questions to effectively intervene and keep clients (and themselves) safe.

Any client can become high risk at any time. Are you prepared for when it happens to you?

Join Paul Brasler, LCSW, as he navigates you through the most challenging and alarming scenarios that mental health professionals face. Through real-life examples, Paul will draw from over 20 years of experience working with high risk clients to share concrete strategies that you can use regardless of your setting or clinical background.

Full of practical tools and tips, this seminar will teach you how to make crisis situations more manageable, overcome your worries, and have you feeling confident that you can focus on doing what’s best for your clients – without fear of litigation.

Attend, and you’ll leave this seminar:
  • Prepared to effectively handle emergencies related to suicide, violence, substance abuse, trauma and medical issues
  • Able to protect your license with liability management techniques and tips for documentation
  • Confident in your ability to respond to concerns about client safety
  • Armed with the knowledge you need to identify the signs and symptoms of drug abuse
  • Equipped to handle situations where a client is a danger to you or someone else
Register today and prepare yourself to help your most vulnerable clients with the real-life skills and knowledge they don’t teach in graduate school!
Objectives:
  1. Complete a comprehensive mental health assessment that encompasses a multitude of clinical concerns including mental status, lethality, substance abuse and trauma.
  2. Determine when to hospitalize clients struggling with suicidal ideation, substance abuse, medical concerns or violent urges and develop protocols for doing so.
  3. Provide coping strategies and support to clients presenting with suicidal ideation by helping to create a safety plan in session.
  4. Assess for risk of client violence towards others and develop strategies to safely intervene as well as effectively carry out the clinician’s duty to protect.
  5. Identify signs and symptoms of intoxication, withdrawal, or overdose in clients and develop plans for effective intervention.
  6. Differentiate between medical and psychological presenting concerns as they relate to case conceptualization.
OUTLINE

Client Assessment: Ask the Right Questions
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments
  • Strategies for eliciting the right information
  • What to ask yourself as you watch the client
  • Can the client provide informed consent?
  • Limitations of the research & potential risks
The Suicidal Client: Recognize Suicide Risk & Effectively Intervene
  • Who is most at risk?
  • Implicit & explicit expressions of suicidal ideation & intent
  • Lethality assessment to protect client & clinician
  • Self-injurious behavior & suicidal ideation
  • How to conduct a suicide assessment
  • Safety planning for clients with suicidal ideation
  • When to hospitalize
  • Voluntary vs. involuntary hospitalization
  • When clients are not admitted to the hospital
The Violent Client: Confidently Manage Dangerous Situations
  • Dealing with our fears: Clinicians’ safety
  • When the clinician is the target
  • When others are the target
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Preventative planning
  • When to call 911
  • The hospitalization process
  • Duty to Protect (formerly Duty to Warn)
The Addicted Client: What ALL Clinicians Need to Know
  • Signs of intoxication
  • Imminent risk: Signs & symptoms of overdose
  • Identify withdrawal syndromes
  • Treatment planning
  • Drug basics that clinicians should know
  • Need-to-know street names of common drugs
  • When and how to refer to a higher level of care
Medical vs. Psychiatric Problems: Recognize the Difference
  • What could kill the client first?
  • Medical emergencies that present with psychological symptoms
  • Signs & symptoms of a medical emergency
The Traumatized Client: When Trauma Becomes High Risk
  • Recognize trauma in clients
  • Dangers of misdiagnosis & improper treatment
  • Strategies for trauma-informed care
High Risk Clinicians: After the Crisis
  • Protect your license with documentation
  • Debriefing & supervision
  • Address vicarious trauma
  • Mitigate compassion fatigue
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Workers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Other Mental Health Providers
  • Paramedics
  • Police Officers
  • Probation/Parole Officers

PAUL BRASLER, MA, LCSW

Paul Brasler, MA, LCSW, has worked in the social work field for the past 22 years. He is the head of behavioral health for Daily Planet Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive and integrated healthcare and mental health services (including medication-assisted opioid treatment). Paul is also president of Providence Consulting & Education L.L.C., through which he provides clinical supervision and professional education services.

Paul has extensive experience in working with people with substance use disorders. After finishing school, Paul went to work at an adolescent residential treatment program, where he developed a treatment track for adolescents with substance use disorders. In 2003, he became a senior clinician in the Chesterfield County Juvenile Drug Court and provided individual, family, adolescent group and multifamily group therapies. After working at the drug court for seven years, Paul moved on to conduct psychiatric and substance misuse evaluations in emergency departments in the Greater Richmond, Virginia area. Paul has also served as adjunct faculty in the school of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he developed a graduate course in substance abuse treatment.

Paul has been a PESI presenter since 2016, and he has presented classes on mental health emergencies and high-risk clients across the country. He recently released his first book, High-Risk Clients: Evidence-Based Assessment & Clinical Tools to Recognize and Effectively Respond to Mental Health Crises (PESI Publishing 2019).



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Paul Brasler is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Paul Brasler has no relevant nonfinancial 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 SEervices 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 CPP Section 1 or CPS Section 1 or 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.

New York Counselors: CE credit is available. 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.


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.

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
American Nurses Credentialing Center Logo
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 & Psychiatrists & Physicians
ACCME Logo

Psychiatrists & Physicians
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 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists
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. This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

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


Social Workers
ASWB Logo
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

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.

Credit Card Required for online registration | Contact us to redeem Gift Certificates