Mass Shootings, Threat Assessment & Duty to Warn/Protect: A Mental Health Professional’s Perspective
05/31/2019 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center - 109010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA, 98148
Mental health professionals in Washington state have an expanded duty to warn and protect in situations where outpatient clients may pose a threat of violence. This seminar addresses the current state of violence in our culture (including schools), risk and threat assessment methods when dealing with clients, and methods for intervention and threat management to mitigate the risk of violence. Special attention is paid to lethal means restrictions, and strategies to develop safety plans that work for clients and those in their worlds.
Suicide Assessment, Management, and Treatment Workshop
06/07/2019 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
2100 Building - 2100 24th Ave South, Seattle, WA, 98144
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 a practical, hands-on introduction 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.