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

Available 24/7, Self-paced

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

Registration: https://www.northstarlearninglab.com/courses/suicide-assessment-management

Expressed Emotion & Suicide: How Does Family Environment Impact Suicide-Related Disclosure?

August 25, 2022

Live, In-Person

This presentation will take place at the 19th European Symposium for Suicide & Suicidal Behavior in Copenhagen, Denmark. Professionals have a limited understanding of how family dynamics related to suicide-related disclosure. One aspect that needs further exploration is the impact of expressed emotion (EE), which is the measure of emotional overinvolvement and criticism in the family. We will present findings from our research funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which point to a need for addressing expressed emotion during treatment for adolescent suicidal ideation and behavior. Findings also highlight more work is needed to explore using brief intervention that target expressed emotion as a way to increase treatment adherence and help-seeking among suicidal adolescents. 

Hosted by the 19th European Symposium for Suicide & Suicidal Behavior

Registration: https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=636045&

What Do I Need to Know about Youth Suicide Risk?

September 16, 2022

11:00am-12:00pm

Live & Virtual

This presentation is part of the Lunch & Learn Series presented by the Center for Promoting Recovery & Resilience. This brief talk will provide an overview of changes in prevalence rates for deaths from suicide as well as suicidal ideation and behavior among children, adolescents, and young adults. It will also review risk factors for suicide among these age groups and concrete tips for not only gatekeepers who might recognize someone struggling but also professionals in our community. 

Hosted by the Center for Promoting Recovery & Resilience

Registration: TBA

Addressing Common Challenges for Suicidal Individuals & Their Families

September 29, 2022

9:00am-3:30pm

Live & Virtual

This workshop will cover six common challenges faced by practitioners working with individuals and their families related to suicide risk assessment, management, and treatment. The content will cover screening and referral regarding how to recognize risk and help families start the conversation about suicide; suicide management regarding how to navigate disclosure decisions, improve family communication about suicide risk, and process previous interactions to improve future family responses to risk; and suicide treatment regarding individual and family safety planning and how to help family members respond to a loved one's chronic ideation.

Hosted by The Center for Family & Community Well-being

Registration: https://reg.learningstream.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0015-0015-cc22cb15030c4baf963e121db7ef7f3c

The Promises and Challenges of Family Therapy for Mood Disorders

November 4, 2022

TBA

Live, In Person

This presentation will be a keynote at the University of Louisville Depression Center's Annual Conference in Louisville, KY. We will cover recent updates to recommendations using family therapy for treatment mood disorders and how to overcome common challenges for using these models or approaches. After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to list two evidence-based practices using family therapy for mood disorders.

Hosted by the University of Louisville Depression Center

Registration: TBA

Tips for Family Therapy with Depressed and Suicidal People

November 4, 2022

TBA

Live, In Person

This presentation will be an afternoon workshop at the University of Louisville Depression Center's Annual Conference in Louisville, KY. We will review techniques for including family members in treatment for depression and suicidal ideation or behavior.  After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to list three strategies for increasing family involvement in treatment for depression and suicidality. 

Hosted by the University of Louisville Depression Center

Registration: TBA

Suicide Assessment for Clinicians

November 11, 2022

8:30am-5:00pm

Live, In Person

This workshop will take place at the Kentucky Psychological Association Annual Convention at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, KY. The workshop is designed to meet the requirements of KRS 210.36 and provides 6 hours of suicide assessment training for psychologists. With a mixture of experiential exercises, 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, (d) how to determine the appropriate responses based on clients' needs, and (e) how to use safety planning during the tratment process.

Hosted by the Kentucky Psychological Association

Registration: TBA

Examples of Past Events

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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 

Hosted by

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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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