This full-day training is designed to increase knowledge and improve the skills and confidence of clinicians and others who find themselves identifying high-risk youth and adults, and planning for their care. Participants will learn the scope of the problem, review current information on suicide risk factors, and examine personal reactions to dealing with suicidal behaviors. Best practices in risk assessment will be presented and attendees will learn techniques for eliciting suicidal ideation. Issues relative to liability management and planning for intervention will be presented. The training, which was approved in 2015 by the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, is based on current best practices and reflects the training objectives in the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Research on the effectiveness of this training demonstrates significant gains in knowledge and confidence. Six (6) hours of continuing education will be provided for Psychologists, Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses.
Mental Health professionals
After attending this training, participants will be able to:
- Manage personal reactions to suicidal clients
- List suicide warning signs and risk and protective factors
- Demonstrate techniques to elicit suicidal ideation and history of behaviors
- Identify strategies and tools to assess risk
- Describe how a client's ambivalence about suicide is an opportunity to intervene and how the client may view suicide as a coping strategy
- Explain the value of appropriate postvention and grief support services for individuals and communities affected by suicide
Lecture with PowerPoint, large group discussion, videos, role-plays (by both participants and trainers), individual written activities, and small group discussions.
"This training was one of the best I have ever attended. I feel much more confident in addressing suicidal statements made by my clients." - Mental Health Clinician
Riverside Trauma Center Staff:
Riverside Trauma Center's highly-trained, licensed mental health professionals have extensive clinical experience with trauma, suicide survivors and suicide prevention.
Larry Berkowitz, EdD, Director of Riverside Trauma Center
Larry is the Co-Founder of Riverside Trauma Center. He has provided direct therapeutic services for over 20 years and managed mental health services for over 15 years. His clinical areas of expertise include work with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are trauma survivors and/or suicide survivors. He coordinates and provides disaster response services and post-suicide intervention for individuals, schools, workplaces, and communities, and conducts trainings on suicide prevention. Larry holds a doctoral degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts. He is on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, serves as the Co-Chair of the Northeast Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and holds an appointment as a Teaching Associate in Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.
Jim McCauley, LICSW, Associate Director of Riverside Trauma Center
Jim is the Co-Founder of Riverside Trauma Center, and has extensive experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. He has managed outpatient mental health clinics and programs for children for more than 20 years. Jim provides support services for those affected by traumatic events, and he has consulted with numerous schools and communities in Massachusetts on trauma responses. He gives consultation and training on postvention services, suicide clusters, and to suicide prevention coalitions. He has presented at statewide and national conferences on these topics. Jim is a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work, and is trained to conduct psychological autopsy investigations. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Suffolk University. An Army veteran, he has a special interest in developing and providing services for returning vets. Jim is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).
Course Fee: $100 members, $125 nonmembers