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Suicide Interventions: Clinical Strategies That Will Save Your Client's Life

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Dr. Mary Bartlett Bartlett, PHD, LPC-CS, NCC, CFLE, SUICIDOLOGIST
5 Hours 59 Minutes
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Feb 11, 2014
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  • Strategies to assess suicide risk levels
  • DSM-5® Changes and Challenges
  • Build a toolbox of evidence-based and practical-based interventions
  • The top five challenges to working with suicidal clients
  • Take a journey into the suicidal mind
  • Avoid Common Intervention Errors

This dynamic seminar will take you on a journey into the suicidal mind and provide you with a toolbox of interventions for clients at various risk levels. Instruction on suicide risk assessment and suicidal crisis intervention, including documentation guidelines, will be covered with video excerpts from therapy sessions. Specific interventions, such as guided imagery, crisis plans, crisis-coping cards, behavior chain analysis, and increasing positive emotions will be reviewed during the seminar. Experiential activities and extensive handouts are provided to ensure participants leave with specific tools to put into action.

Dr. Bartlett is an international suicide expert and is known for her ability to take complex information and break it down allowing providers to move past their fear and into hopeful action when treating clients who are suicidal. Her extensive clinical experience as a suicidologist allows her to infuse workshops with a balance of competence and compassion. Known for her use of humor and reliability, Dr. Bartlett takes a sobering topic and leads participants through an inspiring and motivational training experience.



This online program is worth 5.5 hours CPD.



Dr. Mary Bartlett Bartlett, PHD, LPC-CS, NCC, CFLE, SUICIDOLOGIST's Profile

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Mary Bartlett, PhD, LPC-CS, NCC, CFLE, Suicidologist, is an internationally-renowned independent consultant, researcher, and suicidologist who is an authorized trainer for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Association of Suicidology, and is a qualified master resilience trainer. Her area of research is suicide, and she speaks internationally on suicide prevention, resilience, and various mental health related topics.


Dr. Bartlett has been presenting for over 15 years, is well published, and has extensive clinical experience as a professional. She is currently involved in research on the correlation between suicide, resilience and eating disorders, with Dr. Thomas Joiner, and serves the Department of Defense leadership on suicide and resilience related matters, and has served terms on the Army National Guard Resilience, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention Council, the Air Force Resilience Programming and Development Working Group.

Dr. Bartlett serves on the Workplace Postvention Task Force of the American Association of Suicidology. She is a board member of the Ethics Committee for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, co-chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on Suicide Prevention and Eating Disorders, and is a board member of the Alabama chapter for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Mary Bartlett is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Mary Bartlett has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


  • Identify the top five challenges to working with suicidal clients.
  • Describe one example of a suicide assessment decision tree.
  • Define the difference among desire, ideation, and capability.
  • Explain DSM 5® changes and challenges.
  • List three evidence-based and three practical interventions.
  • Describe three goals of the postvention process.


The Challenge of the Suicidal Client

  • Ecological Model of Suicide
  • Prevention Cycle
  • Common Intervention Errors
  • Managing Personal Reactions

Assessment and Diagnosis

  • Suicide Risk Decision Tree
  • Decisions about Risk Levels
  • Suicide Desire vs. Ideation vs. Capability
  • DSM-5® Changes and Challenges

Treatment and Interventions

  • Application of Means Restriction
  • Application of Evidence-based Interventions
  • Application of Practical-based Interventions
  • Resilience Building Interventions
  • Inpatient vs. Outpatient Considerations
  • Documentation Pitfalls


  • Postvention and its Role in Healing and Prevention
  • Typical Grief vs. Survivor Grief Process
  • Postvention in Various Venues
  • The Survivor Experience
  • The Provider Experience

Target Audience

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



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 4


Allison L

"Great course. Learned a lot. Great presenter. Thank you!"

Stephanie S

"wonderful job keeping audience engaged during a difficult topic, and including viewers from home!"

Deborah R

"Excellent course with tons of useful information, evidence-based tools, and practical applications to immediately use in assessment and intervention and postvention with clients. WOW!"

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