Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW, discusses how to best support high risk clients, why therapists should avoid creating Contracts For Safety, and tips on creating an effective Safety Plan.


Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW, has worked in the social work field for the past 22 years.  His work experience includes adolescent residential treatment, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment, experiential group process, being a mental health provider on a hostage negotiation team, drug court senior clinician, private practice with individuals and families, and crisis interventions.  For the past seven years, Paul has worked in five emergency departments in the greater Richmond, Virginia area conducting psychiatric assessments of patients in crisis.  Paul helps the most vulnerable population in his community, and he enjoys the intersection of mental health, substance abuse and medicine.

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Graduate School of Social Work, Paul returned to his alma mater to teach in 2012.  While he readily acknowledges the need for coherent and means-tested theories to support practice, he ultimately values the live experience of putting strategies into practical use.  Seminar attendees consistently note that they like how he uses “real life” examples in his presentation.



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.