“There’s no point in living anymore...” “Everyone would be better off if I weren’t around...” “The pain is just too much, I can’t handle it...”
These are some of the thoughts repeating in the minds of many people you see in your practice.
These desperate thoughts go round and round for so long the client starts to believe them.
Add the sense of isolation that comes from NOT talking about it, and it becomes nearly impossible to escape that emotional turmoil.
Hospitalization isn’t usually the answer for clients struggling with suicidality. And new research shows trained outpatient clinicians with a reliable set of skills and interventions can manage suicidality in their practices.
Because expert training in managing suicidal thoughts and behaviours can be hard to find...
We've brought together many of the leading trainers in the field for this suicide prevention online training course.
Join world-renowned expert clinicians and researchers like Thomas Joiner, director of the renowned Joiner Research Lab; Kate Chard, co-developer of Cognitive Processing Therapy; Kelly Posner, director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project & developer of the Columbia Protocol; and experts on DBT, Internal Family Systems, Veterans, Youth and Teens.
Discover treatment strategies for chronic suicidality, thoughts, behaviours, attempts, and SO much more! Plus, you can earn up to 13 CPD hours in one of the most important areas of treatment for ALL clinicians!Register today for your chance to train with some of the most sought-after experts in the world to help your clients find hope and healing:
- Apply Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach with Frank Anderson, MD, to client’s suicidal parts,
- Treat self-harm behaviours in kids and adolescents with Tony Shepperd, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA,
- Explore the many applications of DBT to suicidality with Eboni Webb, PsyD,
- Begin helping clients who’ve had a loved one die by suicide through hearing clinical insights and aspects of Rita Schulte's, LPC, experience,
- Best help veterans with Justin Baker, PhD, from the STRIVE project...
And so much more, including workshops from Kathryn Gordon, PhD, on chronic suicidal thoughts and Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, on how to best help suicidal clients.
Eboni Webb, PsyD | Click here for information about Eboni Webb
This session will provide practical techniques and skills to address suicidal urges and actions grounded in DBT principles. Learn how to manage emotional arousal with innately sensitive clients that frequently leverage their lives for relational attachment while often exhausting support networks, including their therapists. Deepen your DBT skills toolkit with vital interventions and scripts to deescalate life-threatening behaviours, which is the primary target of individual DBT treatment.
In his theory of suicidal behaviour, Thomas Joiner proposes three factors that mark those most at risk of death: the feeling of being a burden on loved ones, the sense of isolation, and, perhaps chillingly, the partly genetic and partly learned ability to hurt oneself. He tests the theory against diverse facts, with implications for the full spectrum of clinical activities related to suicidality.
Suicide is an event that can profoundly disrupt survivors’ constructs about life, sometimes traumatically shaking the very foundations of one’s assumptive world. This session will provide a roadmap so you can help survivors grope their way toward new sustainable frameworks of meaning and post-traumatic growth (PTG).
In this session, Victor Armstrong will discuss the stigma around mental health and suicide among those in historically marginalized communities. He will discuss the way that perception and provider bias influence mental health access and suicidality among Black men. You’ll discover historical challenges of these communities, emphasizing Black men, in accessing care for mental health.
Dr. Gordon will share effective methods and approaches for improved efficacy in safety planning with crises-orientated clients. You’ll discover specific interventions and strategies to increase client hope, coping with emotional pain and distress, and finding meaning in suffering.
The Columbia Protocol, or C-SSRS, has become the gold standard for suicide monitoring and is ubiquitous across the U.S. and worldwide. Discover a few simple questions that anyone can ask that empower individuals and communities to find people who are at risk for suicide, connect them to the care they need, and prevent tragedies before they happen.
Justin Baker, PhD | Click here for information about Justin Baker
This session will focus on using the crisis response plan (CRP) for managing acute suicide risk with at risk-individuals. You’ll discover specific strategies for conducting a patient-centred narrative assessment for assessing suicide risk and a tailored crisis response plan that prioritizes self-management strategies the patient can self-implement to reduce overall risk.
Watch the codeveloper of CPT as she reveals how to approach suicidality from a CPT perspective, based on over 20 years of research around PTSD, trauma, and suicidality. This leading-edge approach is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, and the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a best practice for the treatment of PTSD.
Suicide is a leading cause of death among young people. Assessment, management and treatment is particularly important with those youth who struggle with behavioural health challenges. This session will offer insights and specific strategies.
Suicidal people need more than to stay alive. They also need to find life worth living. This session 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 session will equip participants with knowledge and skills in tapping into suicidal ambivalence, inspiring hope, identifying reasons for living, and reinforcing gains.
This session offers a practical exploration of how to approach suicidal ideation and behaviours from an Internal Family Systems approach. Examining the pieces of the psyche that drive these thoughts, feelings, and actions, IFS encourages you to help clients make peace with, embrace, and find love for suicidal parts.
Eboni Webb, PsyD, opened the private practice Kairos in Middle Tennessee in July 2010. Kairos, now The Village of Kairos, offers diverse DBT specializations including trauma-based disorders and co-occurring disorders.Click here for information about Eboni Webb.
Thomas Joiner, PhD, is an American academic psychologist and leading expert on suicide. He is the Robert O. Lawton Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, where he operates his Laboratory for the Study of the Psychology and Neurobiology of Mood Disorders, Suicide, and Related Conditions.Click here for information about Thomas Joiner.
Rita Schulte, LPC, is a licensed professional board-certified counsellor. She received her B.S. in psychology and a master's degree in counselling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Rita has a private practice in Fairfax where she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety/depressive disorders, as well as grief, loss, and trauma.Click here for information about Rita Schulte.
Victor Armstrong, MSW, BS, has dedicated his career to building and strengthening community resources to serve individuals living with mental illness. He serves as Director of the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services. He currently serves on the board of directors of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) NC. He is also former board chair of NAMI NC, and a member of American Association of Suicidology (AAS), and NASW-NC. Click here for information about Victor Armstrong.
Kathryn Gordon, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). Before her current position as a therapist and eating disorders researcher, she was a psychology professor who taught courses about mental health and cultural diversity, mentored graduate students, and published mental health research.Click here for information about Kathryn H. Gordon.
Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber is the founder and Director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project (formerly the Center for Suicide Risk Assessment) at Columbia University and a member of the board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In 2018, Dr. Posner was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.Click here for information about Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber.
Justin Baker, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in military mental health with an emphasis in treating and researching trauma and suicide. He served on active duty for four years as a clinical psychologist with the Navy and continues to do so as an active reservist.Click here for information about Justin Baker.
Kathleen M. Chard, PhD, is a co-developer of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and director of the Trauma Recovery Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Serving as the VA CPT Implementation Director, Dr. Chard oversees the dissemination of CPT to mental health clinicians across the United States. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Chard has personally trained over 5,000 clinicians throughout the United States on using CPT with veterans, active duty personnel, and civilians in addition to overseeing the training of tens of thousands of others via the trainers she supervises.Click here for information about Kathleen M. Chard.
Tony L. Sheppard, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA, specializes in treating young people suffering from psychiatric issues including self-harm and suicide. A licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist, Tony brings over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults to his clinical practice. In addition to his private practice, Groupworks, he has trained hundreds of clinicians, educators, nurses, and physicians across the country in the treatment of self-harm and suicide, and is the author of a training curriculum in group psychotherapy.Click here for information about Tony L. Sheppard.
Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, is licensed clinical social worker skilled at treating the full range of clinical issues, from stress management to serious mental illness. She has focused her clinical and academic work on suicide risk assessment, prevention, and intervention for the last 20 years.Click here for information about Stacey Freedenthal.
Frank Anderson, MD, is a lead trainer at the IFS Institute with Richard Schwartz and maintains a long affiliation with, and trains for, Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center. He serves as an advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) and was the former chair and director of the Foundation for Self-Leadership.Click here for information about Frank Anderson.
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Treatment Strategies to Inspire Hope and Save Lives
Earn up to 13 CPD hours.
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