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The Suicidal Client
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on August 14, 2019.
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
8/14/2019 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Assess for the warning signs of an imminent suicide attempt.
  2. Characterize the role of empathetic listening skills in the therapeutic relationship with suicidal clients.
  3. Determine how clinicians can manage countertransference with high-risk clients.
  4. Establish how evidence-based interventions can be employed to reduce suicide risk and improve functioning.
  5. Distinguish between ethical and unethical clinical practices with suicidal slients.
  6. Communicate the steps clinicians can take to develop a positive, confident perspective in their work with high-risk populations.
Risk Factors and Populations
  • Suicide risk and DSM-5® diagnosis
  • Are your clients at risk for suicide?
  • Military suicides and other populations
  • Micro-suicidal behavior and self-hatred
Assessment: Identify Predictors of a Suicide Attempt
  • Develop your empathic listening skills
  • Indirect statements and behavioral signs
  • What can the test tell us? (and what they can’t)
    • The Beck Scales
    • MMPI-2
    • Rorschach
  • Firearms and “suicide accelerants”
  • Determine level of risk
Treatment Strategies to Modify High-Risk Behaviors
  • Suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge: Lessons learned
  • Modifiable risk factors for suicide
  • Effective techniques to intervene in high risk behavior
  • How psychiatric medication impacts risky behavior
  • How to manage countertransference
Clinical Interventions to Reduce Suicidal Behaviors and Effectively Intervene During Crisis
  • How major theories of suicide inform treatment choices
  • Lethal-means restriction plans that work
  • Evidence-based interventions from CBT and DBT
    • Emotional regulation exercises
    • Cognitive restructuring techniques
    • Building distress tolerance
  • Intervention as a collaborative effort
  • A roadmap for handling suicidal crises
  • Involuntary hospitalization: When, why, how
Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Ethical and liability issues when involving family and others
  • When and how to seek legal consultation
  • Effective documentation strategies
  • Physician-assisted dying and other ethical dilemmas
  • How clinicians heal after suicide


Glenn Sullivan, Ph.D., is the co-author of The Suicidal Patient: Clinical and Legal Standards of Care (3rd ed.), published by the American Psychological Association, and co-editor of the Handbook of Military and Veteran Suicide, published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Sullivan earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, California. He completed his clinical pre-doctoral internship at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and a postdoctoral residency in post-deployment mental health at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Virginia.

Dr. Sullivan is a tenured associate professor of psychology at the Virginia Military Institute, where he is known for his dynamic and engaging teaching style. He is the recipient of VMI’s Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, which is presented to a faculty member “deemed especially talented at inspiring students in the development of their intellect and character.” In addition to his numerous publications and presentations on suicide, Dr. Sullivan maintains an active private practice in Lexington, Virginia. His clinical specializations include psychological assessment, forensic evaluation, and the treatment of combat veterans.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Glenn Sullivan maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Glenn Sullivan has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits

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