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- DVD Video - 4+ hours
- Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
- TIMOTHY SPRUILL, MA, EDD
- PESI Inc.
- 8/27/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
- CE Available:
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- Analyze the rapidly expanding knowledge-base concerning the epidemiology of suicide and self-harm as it relates to clinical practice.
- Recognize risk factors associated with suicide attempts, as well as long-term and imminent warning signs to improve client level of functioning.
- Articulate common assessment and clinical intervention errors that can be lethal.
- Identify ethical issues related to suicidal assessment and involuntary psychiatric commitment.
- Implement comprehensive assessment/intervention strategies to put to practical use in session.
- Overcome clinical challenges with suicidal clients to improve treatment outcomes.
INTRODUCTION TO THE GROWING PROBLEM OF SUICIDE IN AMERICA
EPIDEMIOLOGY — CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
- Need for concern: statistics revealing the increasing trend in suicidal ideation, attempts, deaths
- National data
- State-specific data
- Career risks for the professional counselor
- Factors contributing to the failure of adequate assessment and triage
- Inadequate training of physicians and professional counselors
- Inadequate funding for mental health (despite numerous parity laws)
- Shifting of the burden of assessment to emergency rooms
- Poorly trained law enforcement officers initiating involuntary admissions
ASSESSMENTS/MEASURES TO AID IN DETERMINING RISK LEVEL — A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY
- Risk factors
- Demographic risk factors (age, gender, ethnicity, etc.)
- Environmental risk factors (adverse childhood experiences)
- Mental illness
- Economic risk factors (employment)
- Warning signs
- Feeling alone—isolated from family/friends
- Feeling like a “burden” to others
- Little or no fear of death
- Red herrings
- Suicide notes
- Contingent suicide threats
- Pending divorce
- Limitations of the research and potential risks
COMMON INTERVENTIONS, MISTAKES, THINKING ERRORS & ETHICAL ISSUES
- Mental status exam
- Collateral information
- Relative lethality of plans/attempt (Risk/Rescue Scale)
- Hopelessness (Beck Hopelessness Inventory)
- Reasons for living (Brief Reasons for Living Scale)
- Adverse childhood experiences (A.C.E. Questionnaire)
- Teens and children
- Predictive/protective factors identified in the research
- Special populations
- Promising, novel methods for assessing risk
- Implicit cognitions—measuring implicit associations with death and suicide
INTERVENTIONS AND TREATMENT PLANNING
- Our natural tendencies to err
- Feelings of “rightness” are not reliable indicators
- External factors contributing to errors
- Internal factors contributing to errors
- Self-care is critical
- Two types of thinking (fast and slow)
- Dangers of lazy, “fast” associative thinking
- Substitution of easy-to-answer question for more difficult and complex question
- Type 1 vs. Type 2 errors (legal liability and ethical issues)
- Patient autonomy and self-determination
- Confidentiality limits
CHALLENGES TO ACHIEVING SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OUTCOMES
- Non-judgmental, empathic listening
- Acknowledging reason for concern
- Taking advantage of ambivalence
- Evidence-based interventions to reduce subsequent suicide attempts
- DSM-5® new definitions and terminology
- Assess suicidal ideation at the start of every visit
- DSM-5 level one screening questionnaire
- Suicidal Behavior Disorder
- Non-Suicidal Self-injury
WHEN LOSING A PATIENT TO SUICIDE — REMAINING RESILIENT AND MOVING FORWARD
- Means restriction
- Social support — supervision
- Follow-up counseling
- Exploring alternative responses should suicidal thoughts increase in frequency/intensity
TIMOTHY SPRUILL, MA, EDD
Timothy Spruill, MA, EdD, has conducted more than 3,500 emergency psychiatric assessments in one of Orlando’s busiest emergency departments as a consultant at Florida Hospital, where he is a founding faculty member of the emergency medicine residency program. Through his work with high-risk patients and his research in the area of suicidology, Dr. Spruill has developed an evidence-based approach to emergency mental health that urges progress far beyond the fragile gains of traditional (and contemporary) psychological triage.
His extensive experience conducting assessments and evaluations reaches back to his work in private psychiatric hospitals in the early 1980s. Dr. Spruill earned his Master’s degree in counseling psychology from George Mason University in 1977. After four years of teaching, he left for the applied world of a community psychiatric setting and pursued his Doctorate in counseling psychology at Western Michigan University. In addition to his ongoing consulting work, he returned to academia in 1991 to share his experience and extend his research capabilities. During his time with Andrews University and, subsequently, Florida Hospital, he has continued to collect data on suicide and conduct research in his chosen field of behavioral medicine. Since 2010, he has taught continuing education courses on the topics of suicide assessment, preventing medical errors, and violence. He has also presented his findings at numerous conferences, traveling as far as Cape Town, South Africa, to speak on suicide.
Financial: Timothy Spruill is assistant director of Behavioral Medicine, Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Florida Hospital. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Timothy Spruill has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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