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Date(s) - 10/30/2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


October 30th AND November 6th from 9 am – 12 pm.

Course Description:

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.

About the Presenter:

Emily is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Chemical Dependency Professional and a licensed clinical supervisor with the state of Washington. She is currently working on completing her work to become a nationally licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor as well. Emily is currently the Clinical Supervisor with the adolescent Co-Occurring Program at Navos Mental Health Solutions where she also runs the Child, Youth and Family afterhours crisis outreach team for the Navos Consortium. Emily also enjoys training and teaching and has done so as a trainer with NW ATTC and as a guest speaker at a variety of schools in the greater Seattle area. Most of her work in the last 8 years has been in community mental health with children, adolescents, emerging adults and families throughout King Country as well as having a small private practice. Her passion and areas of expertise include self-harm/suicide assessment, prevention and intervention, co-occurring disorders and clinical supervision.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Understand legal reporting and documentation requirements for working with suicidal clients, compared to homicidal clients
  2. Know risk factors and protective factors for suicide attempts among different social and cultural populations, including population-specific data to clients in the military/veterans
  3. Learn to evaluate risk of imminent harm through self-injurious behaviors or lethal means, including objects, substances and actions commonly used in suicide attempts and their lethality, the importance of screening for and restricting access to lethal means in effective suicide prevention, communication strategies for talking with clients and their support people about lethal means, and how to recognize nonsuicidal self-injury and other self-injurious behaviors and assess the intent of self-injury through suicide risk assessment
  4. Learn how to structure an interview to gather information from a client on suicide risk, protective factors, and warning signs, including substance use
  5. Practice strategies for safety planning and monitoring use of the safety plan, including how to conduct means restriction counseling with suicidal clients particularly in regard to firearms, and continuity of care through transitions such as discharge and referral
  6. Learn empirically-informed approaches to the treatment and management of suicide risk, including strategies from dialectical behavior therapy alongside medical interventions
  7. Determine when to involve third party support systems in the treatment and management of suicidal clients
  8. Consider when to refer suicidal clients to more intensive and restrictive settings on the continuum of care, and identify appropriate actions and referrals for various levels of suicide risk
  9. Differentiate between suicidal vs. non-suicidal self-injury
  10. Examine special considerations for suicidal risk among veteran populations through a guided case study and practice skills through small group work

This is an live online zoom course over two days.  It will be from 9 am -12 pm on Friday October 30 AND November 6th.  You must attend BOTH days. You will receive a zoom link a couple days before the training.  Please make sure to sign in 15 minutes prior to the start so we can admit you and you don’t miss anything. 

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.

This course is approved for 6 CE’s for LMHC’s, LMFT’s, LCSW’s and all associate level licensees.

Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Registration is now closed. Please contact [email protected] with any questions or to be put on the wait list.