NOTE: The seminar manual, CE information, and CE test are contained on disc #1 in PDF format. To access these documents, play disc #1 in your computer. For the video presentation, begin playing disc #1 in your DVD player.
Suicide is the most common clinical emergency and occupational hazard for all practicing therapists. Therapists often experience difficulty in dealing with clients in suicidal crises because of the heightened anxiety caused by these life threatening situations. Watch this seminar by Dr. Lisa Firestone, world renowned expert on suicidality, assessment and treatment, and learn the most current information on risk factors for suicide. Take home:
Complete knowledge of the dynamics underlying suicide
Critical crisis intervention skills
Long-term effective treatment for self-destructive individuals
Dr. Firestone will also share filmed excerpts from interviews with three individuals who made very lethal suicide attempts. These powerful interviews will take you into the mind of a suicidal individual. The candid interviews included the client’s developmental histories as as well as what was happening during their suicidal crisis, and what treatments have been effective.
This state-of-the art seminar will include coverage of the legal and ethical issues involved with treating this high risk population and opportunities for case consultation from the attendees’ current clinical cases.
Describe the guidelines for suicide crisis intervention
List the best assessment tools for assessing risk and demonstrate how they are used in clinical practice
Summarize effective case management and treatment strategies for high risk clients
Describe a conceptual model of the underlying self destructive and suicidal behaviors
Demonstrate use of critical crisis intervention skills
Lists risk factors associated with suicide
Suicide & Suicide Risk
Misperceptions about suicide
Development of risk – attachment theory
Turning against the self
Forming clinical judgment
Evidence based assessments
Informed treatment planning
Developing an effective safety plan
Interventions and Best Practices
Crisis intervention and risk assessment
Effective case management strategies
Decision tree for meeting the standard of care
Evidence based practices for long term treatment including:
Voice Therapy (a cognitive/affective/behavioral approach)
Best Practice Recommendations
Legal and ethical issues
4 “Ds” of a wrongful death case
Practicing up to the standard of care
Consultation and case studies
Addressing the common errors in treating suicidal people
ABOUT LISA FIRESTONE, Ph.D.
Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist and the director of research and education at The Glendon Association. Since 1987, Dr. Firestone has been involved in clinical training and applied research in the areas of suicide and violence. In collaboration with Dr. Robert Firestone, her studies resulted in the development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts™ (FAST), Firestone Assessment of Suicidal Intent™ (FASI) and Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts™ (FAVT) and the FAVT- A (for adolescents).
Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. She is the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships as well as Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice and Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy. She is also the Senior Editor for the psychological website for the public www.psychalive.org and a regular blogger on Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.