The Risk Assessment of Suicidal Clients

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CE Credit: 5.5

Length: 5 hours 30 minutes

Exam Items: N/A

Part of the ABPP 4th Annual Summer Workshop Series.

The annual ABPP Workshop Series provides top quality professional development opportunities to psychologists, as well as opportunities for networking and collegial interaction. All workshops are instructed by psychologists who are ABPP board certified specialists in their area of presentation, with the occasional exception being a highly respected individual of another profession, such as law. 

Recordings were selected from highlighted, day long programs at the 2013 Series.

Twenty-five percent of psychologists will experience the suicide of a client during their careers. This workshop will first provide an overview of the demographic, historical and clinical suicide risk factors with a focus on high risk groups such as elderly, veterans and sexual minorities. Next, the current theories of suicidal behavior will be described. The second half of the workshop reviews the self-report suicide measures and then presents two structural clinical interviews for adult and adolescent clients at risk. The workshop concludes with response guidelines for suicidal clients using case examples.

Presenter: William J. Fremouw, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Fremouw is a Professor of Psychology at West Virginia University and is board certified in forensic psychology (ABPP). He is the author of a book on suicide risk assessment and three suicide-related structured clinical interviews. He also has a forensic practice in which he conducts risk assessments, malpractice case consultations and other forensic evaluations. During his career, he has published over 100 articles, chapters and books.

Supplementary Materials

  • Slides and handout materials