Suicide represents a major public health concern and frequent reason for seeking mental health treatment. Despite the frequency of this problem, clinicians may feel uncomfortable assessing, managing and treating suicidal clients or providing consultation to colleagues working with suicidal clients.
In an effort to equip clinicians with the skills needed to work with suicidal clients, in 2012 Washington State became the first state in the nation to require training in suicide care for licensed health professionals. Wellspring Counseling’s workshops are offered to build confidence in working with suicidal clients and to meet the requirement of the law.
The law requires all mental health professionals to have completed the training by the end of their first full CEU cycle after January 1, 2014. Note: If your first full CEU reporting cycle is due this calendar year, you must compete this training by your reporting date, usually your birthday.
Developed and taught by two experienced practitioners, Jeffrey Sung, M.D. and R. Keith Myers, LICSW, this six-hour, lecture- and video-based educational workshop is designed for therapists and other healthcare workers who address suicide risk in diverse clinical settings, from emergency assessment to long-term psychotherapy.
By taking this workshop you will learn:
- Approaches to suicide risk assessment, management and treatment that everyone can use regardless of theoretical orientation.
- Psychodynamic and other theories of understanding suicide.
- Treatment targets in psychotherapy to resolve suicide risk.
- How to recognize and manage emotional responses to suicidal clients and completed suicide.
- Common problems that arise in the treatment of suicidal clients.