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Risk Assessment & Treating Clients in Crisis

  • Discover a systematic strategy for evaluating suicide risk assessment
  • Identify traits associated with violent or suicidal behavior
  • Strategies to improve interview and mental status exams
  • Six techniques to increase validity in the risk assessment interview
  • Avoid malpractice claims

This seminar recording is guaranteed to increase your skills and raise your confidence as you encounter high risk clients and situations. You will walk away with the tools needed to meet the current professional and legal standards of care to accurately assess and treat clients in crisis.

  • Integrate worksheet (provided) for best-practice documentation of current risk, clinical reasoning and safety planning
  • Strategies to perform interviews and mental status exams in adversarial situations
  • Manage acute risk versus chronic risk
  • Guidelines to determine appropriate level of intervention based on current risk
  • Follow-up protocol for high-risk circumstances
  • Identify cultural factors in determining severity of stressful events
  • Role of the mental health clinician in threat assessment
  • Document nuanced clinical decision-making with greater confidence


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David Nowell
5 Hours 58 Minutes
Audio and Video
12 Sep, 2013
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This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



David Nowell's Profile

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Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychologist

David Nowell, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Northborough, Massachusetts. He offers consultations to patients on an inpatient rehabilitation unit and is an adjunct instructor in neuropsychology to graduate students in the Clark University psychology program. He serves as a physician advisor with the University of Massachusetts Medical School Disability Evaluation Service where he was the former clinical director of the Learning Disability Assessment Program. Dr. Nowell writes a popular blog at Psychology Today on motivation and time management, and speaks internationally to clinicians on such topics as executive functioning, non-medication management of ADHD, and applying findings from Positive Psychology.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Nowell maintains a private practice.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial: David Nowell has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Program Information

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  • Discover the single most important principle of risk assessment.
  • Implement best practices regarding documentation of risk assessment.
  • Develop strategies for performing interview and mental status exams in adversarial situations.
  • Provide distinct approaches for managing acute risk versus chronic risk.
  • Discuss guidelines for determining appropriate level of intervention based on current risk.
  • Identify appropriate steps to avoid malpractice claims.


High Risk Clients

  • Suicide risk
  • Risk-potentiating stressors
  • Identify protective factors
  • When to conduct and document risk assessment
  • Frequency of assessment with your high risk clients
  • Variables that contribute to increased violence

Clinical Skills Specific to Risk Assessment

  • A comprehensible risk assessment protocol
  • Best use of Mental Status Exam
  • Strategies for eliciting key clinical data
  • 6 techniques to increase validity in risk-assessment

Managing Clinical Risk

  • Manage acute risk vs chronic risk
  • Safety planning vs “safety contracts”
  • Involving clients in safety
  • School or workplace “threat assessment” versus self-harm assessment


  • The 3 P’s of effective clinical documentation: Parsimony, Payment, and Protection
  • Documentation principles which drive excellent clinical care
  • Avoiding malpractice claims
  • Examples of effective clinical notes
  • Risk-assessment worksheet

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 32


Danita T

"One of the best trainings I have ever attended in terms of breadth and scope of material covered, relevance to clinical practice, and pure pleasure in watching. Thank you!"

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