Full course description
Cl# SW250B Assessment, and Intervention in Youth Suicide and Self Harming Behaviors 6 CEUs
Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW
Thursday, February10, 2022 9 AM – 4 PM
Location: On Line Via Zoom
This course meets the new BBS requirement effective January 1, 2021 that all clinicians complete a 6 hour course or have equivalent experience in Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention
Youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice system are at an increased risk of suicidal and self-harming behaviors. This course provides a comprehensive overview of mental health issues and assessment and prevention techniques for reducing suicidal and self-harming behaviors in youth. Issues impacting self-harm are reviewed including their experience of trauma, the impact of loss, and complex trauma. The social development of suicidal and self-harming behaviors is examined including negative attachments, school failure, social oppression, and limited life opportunities. Mental health issues in suicidal behavior and treatment approaches are provided depression, post-traumatic stress, the use of psychotropic medications, and other mental disorders.
Group discussions will have participants review their own experience in working with suicidal and self-harming youth. Suicide risk assessment tools are provided to participants including warning signs of suicidal behavior and ASQ screening guidelines from the National Institute of Mental Health. Prevention issues and approaches are discussed included counseling youth with self harm behaviors and reducing self harm by increasing core competences, developing self-regulation skills, and improving future outlook. Guidelines are provided for intervention in suicidal and self-destructive behaviors including cutting, talking with a suicidal youth, crisis risk assessment, and safety planning. We can make a difference in reducing suicidal and self-harming behaviors in our youth and improving their lives.