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In-Person Seminar

Suicide Assessment and Intervention: Assess Suicidal Ideation and Effectively Intervene in Crisis Situations with Confidence, Composure and Sensitivity


Faculty:
Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., MNM
Duration:
Full Day
Product Code:
LIP053755
Brochure Code:
DEN85743
Media Type:
In-Person Seminar - Also available: Digital Seminar | DVD | Live Webinar  2
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Available Dates:

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Description

Losing a client to suicide is your worst nightmare. And there inevitably comes a time when the suicidal client is more than just an intangible dread. When an actual person, suffering and sitting in your office, reveals they are having suicidal thoughts. Many clinicians are left feeling unprepared, frightened, and unsure what to do next. The weight of keeping someone alive can steer you in the direction of avoidance. Desperate and alone, suicidal clients can find themselves passed from one therapist to the next. And that’s not care.

Don’t let fear push you away.

This seminar will transform how you view and work with suicidal clients and give you the clinical tools you need to save lives.

Full of thought provoking lecture, engaging case studies, and guided instruction on a host of powerful clinical applications, this seminar will provide you with the tools you need to:

  • Assess for suicidal risk and identify implicit and explicit expressions of suicidal thought.
  • Formulate a game-plan for crises when suicide is imminent.
  • Intervene in suicidal despair with proactive approaches derived from the evidencebased efficacy of CBT and DBT.
  • Effectively use targeted language with suicidal clients that will help you avoid stigma and successfully communicate your compassion.
  • Provide innovative grief support resources that connect clients and clinicians with other survivors of suicide and suicide loss.

Leave this seminar feeling confident and capable to work with suicidal clients and guide them out of the darkness and back into the light!

Credits


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live event. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether live activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  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 profession's standards.

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.


Addiction Counselors

NAADAC

This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 


Counselors

This educational offering consists of 6.25 clock hour(s) of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this offering and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 


Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the activity advertisement, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.25 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Colorado Psychologists

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0 continuing education credit hours for Colorado Psychologists. The Colorado State Board of Examiners Rule 20 confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to psychology from providers approved by the American Medical Association (AMA). This live activity is certified for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by PESI as an accredited ACCME provider authorized to award credit by the AMA. PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


Psychologists & Physicians

Physicians: PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

Psychologists: The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.


Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

 

Canadian Social Workers: Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.


Colorado Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This course has been approved for 6.3 continuing education hours. 

COLORADO PARTICIPANTS ONLY: If you did not answer YES to be reported to the Colorado Chapter of the NASW on the evaluation, please contact cepesi@pesi.com and provide the full title of the webcast, speaker name, date of live broadcast, your name and your license number in the email.


Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 380 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



Handouts/Brochure

Faculty

Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., MNM's Profile

Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., MNM Related seminars and products


Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., MNM, sees suicide prevention and mental health promotion from a host of perspectives. Clinical Psychologist. Mental Health Advocate. Faculty member. Researcher. And suicide loss survivor. She was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, Carson, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition.

Dr. Spencer-Thomas has been an invited speaker at the White House on the topics of mental health and suicide prevention and has held leadership positions for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the American Association for Suicidology, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

She has won multiple awards for her leadership including the 2014 Survivor of the Year from the American Association of Suicidology, the 2014 Invisible Disabilities Association Impact Honors Award, the 2012 Alumni Master Scholar from the University of Denver, the 2015 Farbarow Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the 2016 Career Achievement Alumni Award from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Spencer-Thomas has a Doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver, a Masters in non-profit management from Regis University, and a bachelor’s in psychology and studio art with a minor in economics from Bowdoin College. She has written four books on mental health and violence prevention.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Sally Spencer-Thomas is speaker, trainer and change agent for Sally Spencer-Thomas, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sally Spencer-Thomas has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a 60-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


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Objectives

  1. Assess individuals at risk of suicide with a clinical approach that identifies both explicit and implicit expressions of suicidal thought.
  2. Determine key indicators of imminent suicide and develop a strategy for determining when and how to hospitalize clients.
  3. Formulate a CBT and DBT oriented case conceptualization that addresses how to effectively work with specific populations including veterans and the elderly.
  4. Employ a collaborative safety approach to help clients survive a suicidal crisis while avoiding the pitfalls of suicide contracting and the false sense of security and decreased clinical vigilance that can accompany their use.
  5. Develop communication strategies that convey your compassion and support and strengthen the therapeutic alliance.
  6. Design a multi-systemic approach that reduces access to lethal means and incorporates the suicidal person’s social connections into their safety plan.

Outline

Suicide: Who, When, How and Where

  • Addiction recovery
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Populations with multiple risk factors
  • Suicide attempt survivors – learning from their experience
  • Upstream clinical practices: reaching people before the point of crisis

Elicit Key Information from Suicidal Clients: Assessment and Level of Risk

  • Implicit and explicit expressions of suicidal thoughts
  • Communicating caring: Language to impart compassion and avoid stigma
  • Suicide risk assessment
    • SAFE-T
    • PATH WARM
    • Ideation, plan, means, intent
    • Level of risk

Formulate Treatment Plans that Help Clients Regulate Emotions and Make Them Feel Valued and Connected

  • Collaborative safety planning (or “Why Suicide Contracting is Dead”)
  • Proactive approaches to decrease the likelihood of suicidal despair
  • Multi-system approaches – support systems
  • Evidence-based treatments:
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
      • Cognitive restructuring strategies
      • Emotional regulation exercises
      • Behavioral Activation
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
      • How to organize a skills training group
      • Tips for phone coaching
  • Relapse prevention plans
  • Documentation
  • Reduce access to lethal means
  • Working with specific populations: veterans, the elderly

Confidently Handle Crisis Situations

  • Conduct a behavioral chain analysis
  • Validating reasons for suicide
  • Identify reasons for living
  • Use distress tolerance and CBT skills to manage a crisis
  • When and how to hospitalize

Suicide Grief Support and Innovative Suicide-Specific Care

  • Implement Suicide Grief Support
    • Understand the unique nature of suicide grief
    • Peer-based support: Connect clients to other survivors of loss​
  • Other innovative suicide-specific care
    • Collaborative online tools and applications
  • Clinicians with lived experience
  • Post-traumatic growth and suicide

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
  • School-Based Counselors
  • School-Based Psychologists
  • School-Based Social Workers
  • School Administrators

Reviews

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Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 13

Comments

Aaron F

"Fantastic course given by a very knowledgeable presenter."

Jeffrey H

"A great and engaging speaker with a lot of knowledge, experience and resources for the subject. "

Sierra D

"This was a great presentation, and I learned a great amount that will be very useful in my work!"

Charys H

"Great course, and a very engaging speaker!"

Mary T

"I really enjoyed this training. It was lovely to have humor in a suicide seminar, and I'm so glad I found out about mantherapy.org. I appreciate Sally's sharing of her personal stories, and her lively, engaging presentation. I learned far more than I expected to, and I expect the hugely useful homework to inspire personal improvements in my clinical practice, and in advocating for social justice. Thank you!"

Julie K

"Presenter was wonderful. Would love to see more... very accessible. "

Pamela W

"Excellent coverage of topic"

Jennifer D

"I have attended many seminars and CEU presentations. This was by far the most helpful. I work with Veterans and part of my job is working on the crisis line. This webinar was more helpful and informative than any training I have received. Thank-you!"

Tami G

"Great Training -- Thank You !!"

Sara W

"Sally was a great speaker; very motivating and empowering. She took my breath away and has invigorated me to be more involved with people in my community and has made is "less scary" to hold conversations. I cannot wait to do the 2 day intensive class with her. "

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(303) 696-6644
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