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A Collaborative Approach to Managing Suicidal Risk

With 71 percent of therapists reporting at least one client whose attempted suicide, helping people teetering on the precarious edge of suicidal ideation is one of the most important and scariest aspects of our work. This recording will give you a comprehensive road map for navigating assessment, treatment, and management for those at risk for suicide, as well as how to nurture a survivor’s potential for healing and resilience.


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Rita Schulte, LPC
2 Hours 07 Minutes
Mar 22, 2019
Psychotherapy Networker
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



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Rita A. Schulte, LPC, specializes in the treatment of depression and suicidality, grief and loss issues, anxiety, relationship problems, and eating disorders. Rita’s beloved husband died of suicide in 2013, and she speaks candidly about her loss in the hope of helping others to heal.

The author of Think This Not That: Eliminate Toxic Thinking and Rewire Your Brain (Leafwood) and Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing through the Losses of Life (Leafwood), Rita also writes for numerous publications and blogs. Her articles have appeared in Counseling Today Magazine, Thriving Family, and Rita is also the creator and host of Heartline Radio where she talks with counselors, authors and everyday people looking for advice on moving through the difficulties of life.

Rita earned a B.S. degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Financial: Rita Schulte is an author for Leafwood Publishers and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Rita Schulte is a member of the American Counseling Association; American Association of Christian Counselors; and the National Board of Certified Counselors.

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  1. Assess current statistics on suicide and identify signs and symptoms that indicate suicidal ideation. 
  2. Analyze the CAMS Model for suicidality as it relates to clinical practice.
  3. Apply DBT, CBT, and other interventions to help clients emotionally regulate. 
  4. Determine the clinical implications of specific strategies that foster adaptation and resiliency, including somatic resourcing, remembered resources, art, writing, and mindfulness. 
  5. Differentiate common emotional and spiritual issues that survivors of complex trauma face, and discuss evidence-based strategies to help them rediscover personal strengths and the resiliency to move forward. 


Piercing the Darkness: Assessment, Treatment, and Management of Suicide Risk 
Explore current statistics on suicide and identify signs and symptoms that indicate suicidal ideation 
  • Drawing from news and media clips, see how suicide is on the rise for not only the elderly but for the nation’s youth 
  • Become aware of the current statistics on suicide 
  • Identify warning signs 
  • Identify environmental factors as well as genetic predispositions 
  • Understand how stigma affects clients 
Explore the 3 Areas of Impact Vulnerability for Suicide 
Traumatized Brain: 
  • The neurobiology of the traumatized brain 
  • How to Calm the Overactive Brain of your Client 
  • Affect Regulation skills 
  • Breathing 
  • Mindfulness techniques and the Art of Noticing 
  • Grounding techniques 
  • Meaning making—Can they make sense of their story? 
  • Can they find bigger plan or purpose? 
  • How does shame affect the way the client lives? 
  • In what story is the client living? What conclusions has client drawn about the self? 
Existential Shattering: Crisis of belief 
Explore the concept of Alongside 
  • Cultivate social engagement and connection 
  • Using Story and Metaphor (Narrative Therapy) 
  • Learn how to use Presence, Patience and Planting Seeds 
Explore DBT, CBT and other interventions to help clients emotionally regulate 
  • Mindfulness: being self -aware and learning to exhibit impulse control 
  • Distress Tolerance: Learning to handle stressful emotions 
  • Emotional Regulation 
  • CBT—use Dysfunctional Thought Record/Beck Depression Inventory/Assess Client self-talk 
  • Identify irrational beliefs 
  • 5 R’s 
  • Recognize/Refute/Reframe/Reflect/Rewire 
Explore the CAMS Model for suicidality 
  • Explore the 5 stages of the CAMS model for treating suicidality 
  • Be able to identify primary and secondary suicide drivers 
  • Help clients enlarge their world with the PIE of life 
Learn tools to help clients become more resilient 
  • Explore the concept of resiliency 
  • Learn 3 keys to Self-Compassion 
Explore a list of specific strategies that foster adaptation and resiliency, including somatic resourcing, remembered resources, art, writing and mindfulness 
  • Self-Compassion 
  • Art therapy 
  • Journaling 
  • Somatic Resourcing 
  • Remembered Resource 
  • Alternate Nostril Breathing 
  • Jar of Grief 
  • Phototherapy 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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