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Date(s) - 06/08/2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

2100 Building


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.

Presenter: Thom Field is an Associate Professor and Associate Program Director in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at City University of Seattle. He also works as an independent contractor at a private practice in the Seattle area.  Thom is past President of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, and President Elect of the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Thom has 10 years of counseling experience with over 1,000 clients in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, community mental health centers, outpatient private practice, and schools.  A National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), he is also a licensed counselor in Washington state (LMHC) and Virginia (LPC).  He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision from James Madison University in Virginia. His dissertation on implementing dialectical behavior therapy for suicidal adolescents at an inpatient psychiatric unit was awarded the 2013 dissertation research award by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) Foundation. Thom has published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Mental Health Counseling and The Professional Counselor.  For more information, visit his website: http://www.thomfield.com/ You can contact him at [email protected]

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

This course is approved for 6 clock hours for the NBCC.  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.

WMHCA Event Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee, cancellations must be made by contacting [email protected] at least 21 days prior to workshop date. There will be no refunds within 21 days of the workshop date.