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2-Day Comprehensive Suicide Risk Assessment & Intervention: Work with Clients with Compassion and Confidence
2-Day Comprehensive Suicide Risk Assessment & Intervention: Work with Clients with Compassion and Confidence

Where:   KING OF PRUSSIA, PA

When:  Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - Thursday, December 19, 2019

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$499.99
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Location

CROWNE PLAZA VALLEY FORGE
260 MALL BOULEVARD
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA 19406
Phone:  610-265-7500
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Course Description:

The epidemic of suicide continues to wreak havoc in the lives of millions of Americans. With suicide rates on the rise, the need is urgent for clinicians who can recognize warning signs earlier, intervene with current and proven strategies, and even inoculate clients against the chance of suicidal thoughts emerging in the future. It’s a daunting challenge that has undoubtedly left you feeling confused, overwhelmed, and even scared.

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. Over the course of two intensive days, you will dive deeply into a comprehensive approach to suicide risk assessment and intervention. You will gain confidence and a heightened sense of compassion that are essential to understanding where clients are on their life journeys and how you can instill hope and a renewed desire to invest in lives that are worth living.

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. Describe how to overcome fear and personal bias when working with suicidal clients.
  2. Examine the latest hot topics in suicidology and their impact on improved assessment and intervention efforts.
  3. Determine the appropriate circumstances for applying upstream, midstream, and downstream approaches to suicide prevention.
  4. Explain how to implement earlier identification and triage as valuable components of comprehensive risk assessment and intervention.
  5. Choose language that imparts compassion and avoids stigma for use in all stages of work with suicidal clients.
  6. Contrast various suicide assessment tools to better inform clinical decision-making.
  7. Ascertain key indicators of imminent suicide and develop a strategy for determining when and how to hospitalize clients.
  8. Reduce access to lethal means by implementing a multi-systemic approach that incorporates the suicidal person’s social connections into their safety plan.
  9. Articulate the “stop, drop, and roll” of suicide prevention effectively to clients so that it can be accessed in crisis situations.
  10. Employ a collaborative safety approach to help clients survive a suicidal crisis while avoiding the pitfalls of suicide contracting.
  11. Utilize measurements of post-traumatic growth to assess client’s progress in adapting more healthy response mechanisms.
  12. Make sense of the unique nature of suicide grief to improve the clinical options offered in response to it.
OUTLINE

OVERCOME BIAS AND FEAR
Prepare to do suicide work with compassion and confidence
  • Self-Reflection: Time to unpack your own baggage
  • Countertransference
  • Our own history with suicide
HOT TOPICS IN SUICIDOLOGY
Evaluate the latest developments and their impact on assessment and intervention
  • The latest data, and what to do with it
  • Mental health and suicide
  • Alcohol and suicide
  • Opioids and suicide
  • Additional forms of trauma and suicide
  • Aspiring to Zero Suicide
  • Why “Means Matter”
  • Understanding the many forms of the suicidal mind
  • Soul exhaustion
COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT
Determine where to enter the prevention stream, and how to navigate successfully
  • Upstream, midstream, and downstream approaches
  • Build resilience and crisis inoculation
  • Earlier identification and triage
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Learn from the experiences of suicide attempt and loss survivors
RISK ASSESSMENT
Elicit key information from clients
  • The many paths to suicide
  • Communicate caring: Language to impart compassion and avoid stigma
  • Suicide risk assessment
    • SAFE-T
    • IS PATH WARM
    • Ideation, plan, means, intent
    • Level of risk
  • Standardized assessment tools to augment clinical judgment
  • Obtaining collateral information
  • Types of questions to uncover suicidal ideation
    • What if they say “No”?
    • What if they say “Yes”?
  • Behavior chain analysis
  • Why “No Suicide” contracts are dead
  • Best practices in risk assessment
COLLABORATIVE SAFETY AGREEMENTS AND WELLNESS PLANNING
Help clients regulate emotions and feel safe, valued and connected
  • Set up a safety agreement that is more likely to be followed
  • Reduce access to lethal means (C.A.L.M.)
  • The “Stop, Drop, and Roll” of suicide safety planning
  • Treatment strategies built on preserving choice and dignity
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • Relapse prevention plans
    • When and how to hospitalize
MAKING MEANING
Help clients reinvest in a life worth living
  • The PIE of life – brainstorm possibilities of growth
  • Narrative psychology and the power of storytelling
  • Cultivate social connection and re-engagement
  • Choice and perspective
  • Foster gratitude and a spirit of contentment after loss
  • Measurements of post-traumatic growth
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE SUICIDE GRIEF & TRAUMA RESPONSE
Implement suicide grief and trauma support
  • Understand the unique nature of suicide grief
  • Peer-based support: Connect clients to other survivors of loss
  • Ethical considerations
  • Access and reclaim compassion
Course Designed Especially for

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

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 12.5 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.

Pennsylvania Addiction Counselors: We’re working to get you credit. Updates will be posted as they become available.


Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 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.

Delaware Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 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.

Pennsylvania Counselors Suicide ACT 74: 12.5 clock hour(s) of this activity consists of continuing education instruction in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide risks.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 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.

Pennsylvania MFTs Suicide ACT 74: 12.5 clock hour(s) of this activity consists of continuing education instruction in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide risks.


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 12.6 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
This live activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline and the certificate of completion you receive from this live activity. Contact us for more information on your state board or organization specific filing requirements. American Psychological Association credits are not available.

Pennsylvania Psychologists Suicide ACT 74: 12.5 clock hour(s) of this activity consists of continuing education instruction in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide risks.

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 12.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Social Workers
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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 12.5 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.

Pennsylvania Social Workers Suicide ACT 74: 12.5 clock hour(s) of this activity consists of continuing education instruction in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide risks.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 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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