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Saturdays at the Center: Clinical Adolescent Suicide Assessment and Prevention (Part Two)

May 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:15 pm

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Clinical Adolescent Suicide Assessment and Prevention (Part Two)

3 CE Credits

NOTE: This is a Friday presentation.

Presented by two expert Clinicians from Didi Hirsch’s well-respected Suicide Prevention Center.

Patricia S. Speelman, MA, LMFT is Division Division Director of the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center, overseeing the Crisis Line, Bereavement Services, Survivor of Suicide Attempt programs; and was the Director of Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient Psychiatric programs for a 200 bed hospital in Long Beach, California.

Shawn Silverstein, PhD is the Lead Psychologist at the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology; Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Adjunct Professor at CSPP.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of suicide, teach participants how to recognize a person who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts, determine the level of risk, and collaborate in safety planning, with a focus on skill building for conducting suicide risk screening utilizing the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale as well as administration of the Safety Planning Intervention. Participants will learn how suicide risk screening can inform someone’s risk level, which in turn will guide the steps in safety planning. Both didactic and experiential methods will be utilized during this training.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how information gained in a risk assessment can help to develop and complete the 6 steps of creating a safety plan.
  • Identify and become familiar with resources in the community to integrate into a safety plan.
  • Explain how culturally sensitive community resources help us integrate that information into a safety plan framework.

(Part 2 will count toward AB89s mandated 6 hours of training in Suicide Prevention. Part 1 was presented in  2018. Both fulfill your mandated California requirement.)

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May 17
10:00 am - 1:15 pm
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