Suicide Assessment & Management: An Overview for Clinicians Working with Individuals and Families

Available 24/7, On Demand

Entirely online!

This 6-hour, on-demand workshop is designed to meet the requirements of KRS 210.36 and provides 6 hours of suicide assessment training for marriage and family therapists, social workers, and licensed professional counselors. With a mixture of videos, case studies, and reflections, this workshop covers (a) prevalence of and terminology related to suicidal thoughts and behavior, (b) the basics of suicide risk assessment, (c) how to manage your own anxiety around the topic of suicide, and (d) how to determine the appropriate responses based on clients' needs.

Hosted by the Northstar Counseling Center & Northstar Learning Lab


Past Events


May 2020

Suicide Assessment for Clinicians Working with Individual & Families

This online training covered key components for mitigating suicide risk. Participants learned (a) to screen for self-harm behavior and suicide risk; (b) to recognize a systemic perspective of suicide that highlights the role of family members, friends, and treatment providers; and (c) to understand their scope of practice and where to refer individuals if needed. This workshop met requirements of KRS 210.36 for MFTs, social workers, and professional counselors.

Northstar Counseling Center

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October 2019

Ethics of Helping Suicidal People Within their Family Systems

Many professionals misunderstand reporting requirements for self-harm, and this misunderstanding can sometimes damage rapport with suicidal clients. This training  clarified mandatory reporting for self-harm and how to manage confidentiality when working with youth, adults, and their families. Through discussion, case examples, and interactive exercises, participants learned how to address ethical dilemmas while maintaining AAMFT Code of Ethics standards.

KY All-in-One Conference, Northstar Counseling Center

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March 2020

1-Day Focus on Involving Family in Treatment for Suicide Risk

Whether working with youth or adults, we have all seen how family dynamics can either help or hinder suicidal feelings. Often, family members desperately want to help but not know how. This training gave participants the tools to address common challenges faced by suicidal individuals and their family members. Participants left with a better understanding of suicide risk, what family members can do, and tip sheets for talking directly with individuals and their families.

Center for Family & Community Well-Being 

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September 2019

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training

QPR is designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers are anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, teachers, coaches, police officers). The process follows three steps: (1) Question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources. 

University of Louisville, School of Nursing in Owensboro

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November 2019

Addressing Family Dynamics for Suicidal Patients

The aim of this conference is to expand participant’s knowledge and skills in the treatment of mood and personality disorders. This specific presentation provided an overview of emerging research on the role of family dynamics in suicide risk. Tips and techniques were discussed to help family members assist someone struggling with a suicide crisis. Appropriate for physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, mental health professionals, family members, and other support persons.

University of Louisville's Depression Center Conference

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September 2019

NAVIGATE: Family Navigation for Suicide Risk

This training gives professionals the tools they need to address common challenges faced by suicidal individuals and their family members. Participants leave  understanding suicide risk, what family members can do, and tip sheets for talking directly with individuals and their families. This  covered (a) the basics of suicide risk assessment, (b) individual and family factors linked to risk, and (c) ways to adapt treatment to support families experiencing a suicidal episode.

Center for Family & Community Well-Being

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© 2020 by Laura M. Frey, Ph.D., LMFT.