• RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 1st: Suicide Assessment, Management, and Treatment Workshop


    Location: Seattle
    Date: 07/01/2017
    Time: 9:00 AM

    Ever since the 2014 Matt Adler Act was signed into law, mental health professionals have been required to receive training in assessment, management, and treatment of suicide risk as part of their continuing education requirements. This six-hour presentation meets the new Washington state CE requirements, and provides practical, hands-on training for both new and experienced practitioners. The presentation will cover the assessment, management, and treatment of suicide risk in depth. The Assessment section will address informed consent and confidentiality, interviewing, risk factors and warning signs, accessory behaviors and comorbid issues, suicide contagion, and using risk protocols. The Management section will explore immediate threats, active ideation, and emergencies, alongside distal threats, passive ideation, and parasuicidal behavior such as self-injury. Methods of reducing risk of contagion in a community following a suicide are reviewed, alongside the documentation of persisting suicidal risk. In the Treatment section, participants will be trained in the use of safety planning and coping skills training. Throughout the training, participants will have the opportunity to watch videos, engage in role playing, and complete case studies in teams. This six hour workshop was approved by the Washington State Department of Health for its 2017 Model List, and thus satisfies continuing education requirements set forth by the Department of Health related to suicide assessment, management, and treatment.


DOH Adopts Favorable Policy Regarding Training for Suicide Assessment, Treatment and Management

After strenuous efforts by WMHCA and other associations in the state, the Department of Health has issued the favorable policy mental health counselors have been waiting for. The policy statement, issued July 18, 2014, by Betty Moe, Health Systems Quality Assurance Program Manager, is attached. Download Policy Statement

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