Date: 8/23/2019, 10:00 am—1:00 pm
County: Contra Costa County
Sponsor: Alternative Family Services (AFS)
Nearly 5,000 youth commit suicide each year in the United States, making suicide the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 – 24. It is essential for mental health clinicians and other professionals working with adolescents to understand the dynamics of suicide among young people so they can be more proactive and effective in working with the adolescent consumers they serve. After providing a foundation on how widespread the problem is and the prevailing theories about what impels individuals to commit suicide, this course will teach you about assessing for suicide risk among your adolescent consumers, including suicidal behavior among special population groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. You will learn about warning signs to watch for and ways to effectively work with adolescents, including intervention and prevention strategies. This course, which uses interactive exercises and detailed case vignettes to reinforce your learning, is appropriate for mental health providers at all levels of practice.