course »Safety Planning: When My Participant is Suicidal We Must Safety Plan

, 9:00 am—1:00 pm
County: Alameda County
CEUs: 4
Location: Oakland
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Phone: 510-482-2244
A client’s desire to end his or her life is one of the most frightening dilemma’s a therapist can face and unfortunately, it is a reality that must be addressed. Suicidal thoughts and intentions are experienced by a variety of clients across age, ethnicity and socioeconomic status during their life span. Therefore, it is beneficial for therapists to know how to assess clients’ desire, ability and need for additional support. This workshop will focus on safety planning protocol – the next steps after confirming that a client is suicidal. It will include the initial safety plan along with how to follow up with a treatment plan that provides ongoing assessment of suicidality. This workshop is informed by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, a researched based treatment for suicidality and self-harming behaviors. This will be an interactive workshop that will provide attendees with a lot of practice via role plays and vignettes.

  • Gain an understanding of the DBT theory
  • Learn techniques to create a safety plan with clients
  • Learn skills to discuss suicidality with more confidence
  • Learn skills to maintain clinical stance in working with suicidal clients
  • Learn strategies that assist with self-maintenance in working with suicidal clients
  • Learn resources for working with suicidal clients