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Helping the Suicidal Person: A Clinical Toolbox

Suicidal people need more than to stay alive. They also need to find life worth living. This recording synthesizes several concrete tips and techniques from a variety of evidence-based practices, including cognitive therapy for suicide prevention, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, problem-solving therapy, and more. The recording will equip participants with knowledge and skills in tapping into suicidal ambivalence, inspiring hope, identifying reasons for living, and reinforcing gains.


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Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Sep 10, 2021
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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 1.25 hours CPD.



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Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice, an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, author of the book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals, and creator of the website, Speaking of Suicide. She focuses her research, scholarship, and clinical practice on suicide assessment and intervention.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Stacey Freedenthal maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Stacey Freedenthal is a member of the National Association o Social Workers; Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work; and the American Association of Suicidology.


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  1. Construct a narrative approach to understanding a suicidal person’s story.
  2. Apply at least two strategies to inspire hope and problem-solving in the suicidal person.
  3. Demonstrate at least one method from cognitive behaviour therapy to help clients challenge suicidal thoughts.
  4. Apply at least 2 techniques to help clients relate differently, via acceptance and observation, to their suicidal thoughts.


  • A narrative approach to helping the suicidal person
  • Interventions for building hope
  • Tapping into critical problem-solving skills
  • Core ACT and CBT techniques for the actively suicidal client
  • Key resilience interventions

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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