The assessment of suicidality is among the most important functions
exercised by mental health professionals. The imperative of keeping the
client safe constitutes not only the most important initial clinical
objective, but is at the core of good risk management. Research
continues to help clinicians predict suicidal behavior in the individual
with increasing accuracy. However, there is no single test or method of
assessment. Therefore, it is necessary to identify, quantify and manage
those factors that constitute clinical risk.
on-demand webinar will focus on the recent research and findings in the
area of suicide. Clinicians will learn contemporary methods of risk
assessment, risk clarification, related clinical decision making, and
short-term counseling and psychotherapy goals. Focus will be placed on
identifiable markers of imminent risk, professional liability,
malpractice and the standard of care.
- You will be able to review suicide demographics and epidemiology.
- You will be able to discuss clinical decision making, management and treatment.
- You will be able to recognize a history of suicidal behavior.
A Brief Review of Suicide Demographics and Epidemiology
- A Practice-Friendly Review
- Efficacy for Prevention of Suicide
- Efficacy for Prevention of Self-Inflicted Injuries
Assessment of Suicidality in Out-Patient Practice
- Distinguishing Between Risk Assessment and Prediction – The Notion of Foreseeability
- A Continuum of Suicidality
- Clinical Decision Making, Management and Treatment
– Predisposition to Suicidal Behavior
– Precipitant and Stressors
– Symptomatic Presentation
– The Presence of Hopelessness
– Assessing Cognitions and Decision Making
– History of Suicidal Behavior
– Assessing Impulsivity and Self-Control
– Protective Factors
Consideration Against No-Suicide Contracts
- Methodological Implications
- Clinical Implications
- Alternatives With Greater Efficacy