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Date(s) - 01/12/2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Spokane, WA


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.

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.

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 previous 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.  National board certified as a counselor (NCC, CCMHC) and supervisor (ACS), 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 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

*Have a greater understanding of suicide assessment including risk factors and comorbidity.

*Learn to appropriately manage and understand the difference between immediate threats and distal threats

*Be able to use treat suicide risk using safety planning and coping skills.


Suicide Assessment

Informed consent and confidentiality

Risk factors and warning signs

Accessory behaviors and Comorbid issues

Risk protocols


Immediate threats, active ideation, and emergencies

Distal threats, passive ideations, and parasuicidal behavior

Documentation of persisting suicidal risk


Safety Planning

Coping Skills