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Suicidal Clients and Self-Harm Behaviors: Clinical Strategies to Confidently Address Two of the Most Daunting (and Potentially Lethal) Scenarios You'll Work With


Faculty:
Meagan N. Houston
Duration:
Full Day
Product Code:
LWC054015
Brochure Code:
PLW76852
Media Type:
Live Webcast - Also available: Digital Seminar


Description

Suicidality is one of the scariest scenarios we work with. Your job literally becomes a life-or-death situation...one in which you hold a great deal of responsibility. Suicidal clients under extreme distress can leave you feeling overwhelmed and questioning your next move, and revelations of self-harm have you searching for answers they didn’t teach you in school.

  • How do I differentiate self-injurious behavior from suicidal behavior?
  • Can self-harming lead to suicidal behavior?
  • How do I protect my license and livelihood when working with suicidal clients?
  • What do I do when crisis situations arise?
  • When, and how, do I hospitalize clients?

Given the high probability of encountering a client considering suicide or engaging in self-harming behavior at some point in your career, the preparation of graduate programs is not enough. With so much as stake you need to be ready to skillfully assess and manage suicide risks and self-harming behavior!

Attend this candid one-day live webcast  and leave feeling fully equipped to address the intricacies that affect your clients’ choices to live or die. Beneficial to both seasoned and fledgling mental health practitioners, our experienced instructor will provide you with comprehensive approaches to effectively work with clients who present with suicidal and self-destructive behaviors.

Key Benefits of Attending:

  • Risk assessment strategies that protect not only clients, but you as the clinician.
  • Front line strategies derived from the evidence-based efficacy of CBT and DBT.
  • Answers to difficult questions on suicide and self-harm that clinicians often struggle with.
  • Effective treatment techniques, applicable across various populations and therapeutic settings.
  • Tips on decision making that provide you with guideposts for determining when crisis intervention is needed in contrast to long-term treatment.

Go beyond grad school curriculum and get the practical real-world strategies and advice you need to confidently and capably treat suicidal and self-harming clients!

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 interactive webcast. This webcast is a broadcast of a live event. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based 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 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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Suicidal Clients and Self-Harm Behaviors: Clinical Strategies to Confidently Address Two of the Most Daunting (and Potentially Lethal) Scenarios You'll Work With has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. PESI, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3314. PESI is offering this activity for 6.5 clock hours of continuing education credit.


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California Marriage & Family Therapists

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Florida Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits.


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South Carolina Marriage & Family Therapists

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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. 

 

You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.


Florida Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Psychology. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.3 continuing education credits.


Illinois Psychologists PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 268.000102. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.
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California Social Workers

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Colorado Social Workers

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Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits.


Illinois Social Workers

PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 159-000154. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.


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New York Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. 


Ohio Social Workers

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Faculty

Meagan N. Houston Related seminars and products: 2

Ph.D., SAP


Meagan N. Houston, Ph.D., SAP, has specialized in providing suicide treatment in a wide variety of settings and populations for over a decade. She has experience in high-risk settings where the application of suicide prevention, assessment, and intervention occurs daily. Dr. Houston treats clients who present with a variety of psychological and behavioral disorders – which lend themselves to acute and chronic suicidality. She emphasizes the use of empirically-based approaches when conducting suicide risk assessments. She has also provided her expertise in the area of treating suicidal clients and self-harm behaviors, as the published author of Treating Suicidal Clients and Self-Harm Behaviors: Assessments, Worksheets & Guides for Interventions and Long-Term Care (PESI, 2017).

Dr. Houston is employed full time with the Houston Police Department Psychological Services Division, and maintains a part-time private practice in Houston, Texas. She has also worked in the federal prison system. In addition, Dr. Houston has provided psychological, psychoeducational, and chemical dependency programs at private practices and college counseling centers. She has also provided geropsychological services to nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Meagan Houston is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Meagan Houston has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Additional Info

Program Information

CD/DVD

Click here to purchase the DVD or CD recording from our product store. CE hours and approvals on products may differ from live CE approvals.


Additional Resources

To order the book, Treating Suicidal Clients & Self-Harm Behaviors, please visit our product store.

To order the book, Suicide and Psychological Pain, please visit our product store.


Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.


Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a 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.


Objectives

  1. Establish how a risk management strategy that accounts for both acute and chronic risk factors can help clinicians to identify clients at increased risk of suicide completion.
  2. Discriminate between suicide behavior and self-harm behavior and articulate how this informs the clinician’s therapeutic approach.
  3. Explore how countertransference can interfere in the treatment of suicidal patients and learn how clinicians can manage emotion through awareness and self-restraint.
  4. Incorporate coping strategies into treatment plans for non-suicidal self-injury that help clients manage triggering situations without engaging in self-harm.
  5. Communicate how to differentiate between morbid ideation and suicidal ideation, and establish how this information informs clinical approach.
  6. Articulate how social media, technology, and teletherapy impact the clinician’s role in treating suicidal ideation, intent or plan.

Outline

Clients at Risk: Co-Occurring Disorders and Special Populations
  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma and stressor related disorders
  • Substance-related and addictive disorders
  • Risks in special population groups adolescents, veterans, LGBTQ, and the elderly
The Relationship between Suicide and Self-Destructive Behavior
  • Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI)
  • The latest research on what drives self-harming behavior
  • Is self-harm an attention-seeking behavior?
  • Does self-harm lead to suicide?
    • The question of intent
    • Maladaptive coping mechanisms and avoidance
  • Clinical screening approach for NSSI
Legally Sound Suicide Risk Assessment
  • 10 essential components of a thorough risk assessment
  • Chronic and acute risk factors
  • Distinguishing morbid ideation vs. suicidal ideation
  • Imminent/chronic suicide risk
  • Self-care and consultation
  • Formal assessment tools for suicide
Manage Self-Harm Behaviors and Build Functional Coping Skills in Your Clients
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Teach clients techniques to increase awareness of impulsive behavior
  • Communication and expressing avoided emotions
  • Replacement behaviors
  • Research limitations and treatment risks of psychotherapeutic approaches
Suicidal Behavior Treatment Strategies: CBT, DBT, and Crisis Management Skills
  • Strategies to manage countertransference
  • Integrate the four key elements of crisis intervention into treatment
  • Strategies from CBT and DBT
  • Psychopharmacological intervention and management
  • Long-term care concerns and strategies
  • Teletherapy & Social media
    • APA Guidelines
    • NBCC Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services (2016)
    • NBCC Code of Ethics (2016)
    • ACA Code of Ethics Section H (2014)
    • Texting – should you?
    • What to do when the suicidal client contacts you by phone/social media?
  • Research limitations and treatment risks of psychotherapeutic approaches
When (and How) to Hospitalize Clients
  • Ethical, legal implications and case studies
  • Confidentiality and minor clients
  • Informed consent and state-specific laws
  • Voluntary vs. involuntary commitment
  • When and how to use law enforcement

Target Audience

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

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