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Suicide Assessment and Intervention: Today's Top Challenges for Mental Health Professionals *Pre-Order*

Paul Brasler
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Sep 27, 2019
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Digital Seminar - Also available: Live Webcast


This digital seminar is currently on pre-order meaning that the video will not be ready until 2-3 weeks after the program has taken place.

What would you do?

“I woke up this morning and decided I didn’t have anything to live for. I told my dad that he would find me dead when he came home,” said Michelle, a 13-year-old girl sitting in a hospital bed. Her father reacted to his daughter’s declaration by bringing her to the hospital. I was asked to assess Michelle.

After some introductions and an explanation as to why I was there, Michelle agreed to speak with me by herself.

“So, was today the first time you’d had thoughts of killing yourself?” I asked.

“Yes,” she replied, “I woke up tired of feeling this way, you know, depressed.”

“Have you thought about how you might try to kill yourself?”

" Not really; I figured I’d look around the house to see what I could use,” she stated.

What would you do next? Is this a person who needs to be hospitalized? How would you handle this situation differently if you were seeing Michelle in your office instead of a hospital?

Suicidal behaviors and suicidal ideation represent some of the most challenging things we deal with as clinicians.

Watch this recording to learn how to help your most vulnerable clients with the real-life skills and knowledge they don’t teach in graduate school.


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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**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.


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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 meanstested 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.

Non-financial: Paul Brasler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose. 

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  1. Conduct a thorough suicide assessment that includes both risk and protective factors.
  2. Implement clinical techniques to support clients’ ability to self-regulate, problem solve, and communicate their needs.
  3. Develop and monitor realistic safety plans that clients will participate in.
  4. Create accurate and comprehensive documentation of clinical crises to protect all parties involved and minimize liability risks.


Assessment: Your Comprehensive Guide to Identify Suicidal Risk
  • Suicide, ideation, plan, means and intent
  • Why do people kill themselves?
  • Risk and protective factors
  • How to identify implicit suicidal intent
  • Strategies for asking direct questions (even when it’s uncomfortable)
  • How to engage shut down, withdrawn or resistant clients
Suicide Intervention Strategies: Supporting Clients From “Passive” Ideation to Full-Blown Crisis
  • Psychological interventions
  • Problem solving
  • Emotional regulation
  • Communication
  • Pharmacology: Short and long term interventions
  • Why “no harm” contracts are a dangerous idea (and what to do instead)
  • When to break client confidentiality
  • How and when to involve loved ones/caregivers
  • Hospitalization: Why, when, how
    • Clinicians inside the ER: When to admit/planning for home
    • After the ER: Limiting the risk
  • Documentation: Protect your client, protect your license
Other Clinical Considerations
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)
  • Relationship between suicide, mental illness and trauma
  • Tips for managing clinician anxiety around suicidality

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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