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Managing Suicidality with High-Crisis DBT Clients

This recording will provide practical techniques and skills to address suicidal urges and actions grounded in DBT principles. Come and learn how to manage emotional arousal with innately sensitive clients that frequently leverage their lives for relational attachment while often exhausting support networks, including their therapists. Deepen your DBT skills toolkit with vital interventions and scripts to deescalate life-threatening behaviours which is the primary target of individual DBT treatment.

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Objectives

  1. Evaluate the biosocial model of DBT in the context of emotional dysregulation that increases suicidality urges and behaviours.  
  2. Analyze the DBT conceptualization of emotional dysregulation and its role in suicidal urges and behaviour. 
  3. Evaluate how DBT coaching is utilized to shape effective communication strategies to reduce suicidal actions, gestures, communications, and hospitalizations. 

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Copyright : 09/09/2021

Why People Die by Suicide: What the Last 20 Years of Research Shows Us

In his theory of suicidal behaviour, Thomas Joiner proposes three factors that mark those most at risk of death: the feeling of being a burden on loved ones, the sense of isolation, and, perhaps chillingly, the partly genetic and partly learned ability to hurt oneself. He tests the theory against diverse facts taken from clinical anecdotes, epidemiology, genetics, and neurobiology, with implications for the full spectrum of clinical activities related to suicidality.

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Objectives

  1. Evaluate anecdotal, clinical, and scientific evidence on a new theory of suicidal behaviour.
  2. Appraise approaches to suicide risk assessment (utilizing risk assessment instruments) developments in the treatment of suicidal behaviour, and in suicide prevention.
  3. Develop skills to understand the experience of people who are bereaved by suicide.

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Losing a Loved One to Suicide: Interventions to Move Survivors Beyond the Ruins

Suicide is an event that can profoundly disrupt survivors taken-for-granted constructs about life, sometimes traumatically shaking the very foundations of one’s assumptive world. While Post Traumatic Growth is a hot topic today, historically mental health providers have spent decades helping people cope with trauma instead of focusing on the client’s potential for resiliency. This recording will assist clinicians working with survivors of suicide as they explore 3 areas of impact that will lead to PTG. It will provide a roadmap for clinicians as they help survivors grope their way toward new sustainable frameworks of meaning by interrogating the tacit assumptions about life, God and the world around them that were challenged by the trauma. As a suicide survivor and psychotherapist, the presenter brings a dual awareness that will help prepare clinicians in their work with suicidal clients and the survivors of suicide who are left behind.

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Objectives

  1. Describe three factors affecting survivors of suicide and their potential for growth.
  2. Formulate integrative interventions that assist survivors in making meaning after loss.
  3. Examine intervention skills that emphasize resilience and correlate with Post-Traumatic Growth.

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Suicide in Historically Marginalized Communities: Perception Versus Reality

There is myth in the Black community that Black people don't die by suicide and that acknowledging mental health challenges, like anxiety and depression, are signs of moral weakness. In this recording, Victor Armstrong will discuss the stigma around mental health and suicide among those in historically marginalized communities. He will discuss and uncover historical challenges of these communities, emphasizing Black men, in accessing care for mental health.  He will discuss the way that perception and provider bias influence mental health access and suicidality among Black men.

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Objectives

  1. Appraise the historical biases in the structure of mental health services affecting the Black community.
  2. Investigate the impact of clinician biases on therapist-client interactions.
  3. Create enhanced rapport and empathy through decreasing clinician biases.

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Copyright : 09/09/2021

What To Do with Suicidal Thoughts That Just Won't Go Away

Dr. Gordon will share effective methods and approaches for improved efficacy in safety planning with crises orientated clients.  Specific interventions will be presented which are targeted as increasing client coping with emotional pain and distress.  The recording with conclude with strategies for increasing client hope and finding meaning in suffering.

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Objectives

  1. Formulate an effective safety plan for clients with suicidal ideation.
  2. Apply therapy tools for helping clients to cope with emotional pain and distress.
  3. Utilize interventions that increase hope and build meaning in the face of suffering.

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Reduce Suicide, Liability, & Workload in Healthcare and Beyond with The Columbia Protocol

The Columbia Protocol, or C-SSRS, is a few simple questions that anyone can ask, from support staff to loved ones, that empower individuals and communities to find people who are at risk for suicide, connect them to the care they need and prevent tragedies before they happen. The Columbia Protocol has become the gold standard for suicide monitoring and is ubiquitous across the U.S. and worldwide. As policy across all 50 states, national agencies, and most countries, it has helped achieve reductions in suicide across all sectors of society and around the globe.

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Objectives

  1. Investigate how preventative suicide screening models can be used to identify at-risk individuals.
  2. Establish care plans that reduce suicide while allocating resources effectively.
  3. Utilize a systemic best-practice measurement, the C-SSRS, to identify suicidal ideation and behaviour to improve risk identification and safety monitoring.
  4. Implement a comprehensive screening program within an agency.

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Copyright : 10/09/2021

Lessons from Treating Suicidal Veterans: The Latest Interventions

This recording will focus on using the crisis response plan (CRP) for managing acute suicide risk, with at risk-individuals. We will review the current evidence base supporting the use of the CRP with veterans and active-duty military populations. Time will be spent reviewing specific strategies for conducting a patient-centred narrative assessment for assessing suicide risk and a tailored crisis response plan that prioritizes self-management strategies the patient can self-implement to reduce overall risk.

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Objectives

  1. Describe the primary motives for suicidal behaviour.
  2. Facilitate a narrative assessment with a suicidal individual.
  3. Apply the core components of a crisis response plan (CRP).

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Copyright : 10/09/2021

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Suicidality: Overcoming Stuck Points and Creating Mental Flexibility

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a rapidly growing model that is showing promising results and has uncovered key cognitive processes that, when addressed, can create lasting healing from suicidal ideation and behaviours that can often accompany PTSD. 

Join co-developer of CPT, Kathleen Chard, PhD, where she will address how she approaches suicidality from a CPT perspective based on over 20 years of research around PTSD and suicidality. Learn the key processes behind this approach to trauma treatment that is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, and the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a best practice for the treatment of PTSD.

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Objectives

  1. Analyze the empirical evidence supporting the use of CPT for suicidality.
  2. Determine common myths around suicidality among those with PTSD that can interfere in treatment and worsen outcomes.
  3. Utilize three cognitive processing techniques to address “stuck points”.

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New Insights and Strategies: Crisis Safety Planning with Youth and Teens

Suicide is a leading cause of death among young people. Assessment, management and treatment are particularly important with those youth who struggle with behavioural health challenges. This recording will offer insights and specific strategies for the practising clinician.

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Objectives

  1. Assess suicidal behaviour and manage suicide risk in youth.
  2. Construct interventions for youth in building healthy relationships.
  3. Develop skills and interventions to support healthy self-regulation in young clients.

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Copyright : 10/09/2021

Helping the Suicidal Person: A Clinical Toolbox

Suicidal people need more than to stay alive. They also need to find life worth living. This recording synthesizes several concrete tips and techniques from a variety of evidence-based practices, including cognitive therapy for suicide prevention, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, problem-solving therapy, and more. The recording will equip participants with knowledge and skills in tapping into suicidal ambivalence, inspiring hope, identifying reasons for living, and reinforcing gains.

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Objectives

  1. Construct a narrative approach to understanding a suicidal person’s story.
  2. Apply at least two strategies to inspire hope and problem-solving in the suicidal person.
  3. Demonstrate at least one method from cognitive behaviour therapy to help clients challenge suicidal thoughts.
  4. Apply at least 2 techniques to help clients relate differently, via acceptance and observation, to their suicidal thoughts.

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Copyright : 10/09/2021

Embracing Suicidal Parts: Using Internal Family Systems (IFS) to Heal Traumatic Wounds

This recording offers a practical exploration of how to approach suicidal ideation and behaviours from an Internal Family Systems approach.  Examining the pieces of the psyche that drive these thoughts, feels, and actions, IFS encourages the therapists to help clients make peace with, embrace and find love for suicidal parts.

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Objectives

  1. Conceptualize suicide from the Internal Family Systems approach.
  2. Employ at least 4 skills to integrate the IFS approach to suicidality treatment into other modalities.
  3. Practice aspects of coping through the IFS approach for suicidal parts management.

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Copyright : 10/09/2021