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Suicide & Self-Harm: Stopping the Pain

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The Guiding Principles
Research on Suicide and Research Limitations

  • Research on numbers/methods/treatment
  • Limitations of a "psychological autopsy"
  • No causality in research
The Neurobiological Basis of Suicide
Who Is At Risk?
  • Mental Disorders
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Trauma
    • Psychosis
    • Addictions
    • Personality Disorders
    • Other DSM-5® Considerations
  • Social Stress Factors
    • Adults Factors
    • Adolescent Factors
    • Childhood Factors
  • Psychological Vulnerabilities
    • Performance Anxiety
    • Emotional Constriction
    • Defenseless Personality
  • Adaptive Suicide Protectors
  • Maladaptive Suicide Protectors
  • Fueling Emotions to Suicide and Self-Harm
Non Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) – The Self-Harming Population
  • All Behaviors are Purposeful!
  • Relief from:
    • Dissociative Conditions
    • Self-Hate
    • Emotional Constriction
    • Psychosis
    • Anxiety and/or Depression
    • Loneliness, Isolation, Abandonment, Rejection
The Suicidal Population
  • Suicide Rehearsal – The Seventh Goal of NSSI
  • The Ideator
  • Suicide Threats for Secondary Gain
  • The Attempter/Completer
Assessment of Risk
  • When to Hospitalize the Ideator
  • Six Week Warning Signs for the Suicide Completer
  • Six Day Warning Signs for the Suicide Completer
Treatment Considerations for NSSI and Suicidal Populations
  • Identify the Locus of Pain
  • Empathic Regard
  • Provided Alternatives
  • The Role of Motivation
    • Reasons For Living
    • The Continuous Hope Providing Relationship
  • Mindfulness
  • Relationship Effectiveness
    • Opening Up Your Emotional Door
  • Emotional Regulation
    • The Safety Plan
    • The Crisis Plan
    • Avoid “Contracts”
The Therapist as A Survivor of Suicide


  1. Employ a risk assessment strategy that helps clinicians determine which clients present the highest risk for suicide and self-harm.
  2. Analyze the concept of suicide “contracts” and communicate their impacts on clients, clinicians, and clinical vigilance.
  3. Argue how intent differentiates self-mutilation from suicide attempts and accurately identify the one form of self-mutilation that is a warning sign for potential suicide completion.
  4. Execute techniques for effectively intervening in crisis situations and develop a strategy for determining when and how to hospitalize clients.
  5. Evaluate the role of addictions in the suicidal and self-mutilating population and employ a multi-faceted therapeutic approach that ensures client safety and addresses treatment of the addiction.
  6. Determine the purpose behind self-injuring behavior and communicate how alternative coping strategies can be introduced in therapy to help clients manage triggering situations without self-harm.

Copyright : 09/26/2018



Bonus Video - Stabilizing Unsafe Behavior: Suicide & Self-Injury

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Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals


  • Unsafe behavior and the neurobiology of trauma
  • Changing the client’s relationship to impulsive suicidal and self-destructive behavior
  • Somatic and cognitive-behavioral interventions for stabilization


  • Describe the implications of the neuroscience research for understanding and treating traumatized individuals
  • Identify the neurobiological causes of self-destructive behavior
  • Integrate mindfulness-based therapy techniques into the treatment
  • Select appropriate interventions for stabilizing addictive and self-destructive symptoms and behavior

Copyright : 06/02/2014

Bonus Video - Suicide: The Best Assessment and Treatment Strategies

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Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals


  • Summarize the five suicidal populations
  • Describe the overall treatment plan for the suicidal population
  • Explain the importance of the suicide attempt
  • Describe the primary marker associated with death by suicide


Assessment of Suicide Populations

Suicide Ideator

  • Markers for Protective Inpatient Treatment

Impulsive Suicide

  • Contributing Factors
  • Intervention

Suicide for Secondary Gain

  • Treatment Consideration

Suicide Gesturer

  • Intent
  • Differentiate from self-mutilation

Suicide Completer/Attempter

  • Six Week Warning Signs
  • Six Day Warning Signs

Formulation of a Treatment Plan

Empathic Regard

  • The Key Relationship
  • Avoid Pathologizing
  • All Behaviors Are Purposeful

The Role of Motivation

  • Meaning of Resistance
  • History of Motivation
  • Key to Motivation Enhancement

Problem Identification

  • Treating People and Not Behaviors
  • Discover the Locus of Pain

Providing Alternatives

  • Teaching Other Methods of Problem Solving
  • Enhancing Resiliency
  • Cognitive & Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Copyright : 09/10/2012