Suicide: Understanding and Treating Self-Destructive Processes- Legal/Ethical Considerations

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CE Credit: 5

Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

Exam Items: 14

Considering the fact that one in five clinical psychologists loses a client to suicide in their clinical career, there is a clear need for more extensive training at the post-graduate level and in the management and treatment of suicidal patients.  This intermediate workshop provides an in-depth understanding of the dynamic of the legal, ethical, and case management issues when dealing with suicidal clients.  Further discussion of case studies and assessment instruments provides participants with practical skill enhancements that can be directly applied in their practice.

Learning Objective 1
Identify the psychiatric, psychological, and social risk factors associated with suicide through the use of appropriate assessment and interview techniques.

Learning Objective 2
Identify clients' negative thought patterns and attitudes that influence self-destructive and suicidal behavior.

Learning Objective 3
Plan appropriate crisis interventions and case management strategies for suicidal patients, including the use of an effective methodology of the long-term treatment of suicidal clients.

Presenter: Lisa Firestone, PhD

Lisa Firestone, PhD is the Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association. Since 1987, she has been involved in clinical training and applied research in the areas of suicide and violence. These studies resulted in the development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST), the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT), and the Firestone Assessment of Suicide Intent (FASI), all published by PAR.  Dr. Firestone’s most recent publications include: Voice Therapy: A Treatment for Depression and Suicide (in R. Yufit and D. Lester, Eds, Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior); Suicide and the Inner Voice (in T. Ellis, Ed, Cognition and Suicide: Theory, Research and Practice); and Separation Theory and Voice Therapy Methodology Applied to the Treatment of Katie: A Diary-based, Retrospective Case Conceptualization and Treatment Approach (in D. Lester, Ed, The Secret Diary of Katie: Unlocking the Mystery of a Suicide.)

Supplementary Materials

  • Handout