Full course description
Cl# SW250G Assessment and Intervention in Youth Suicide and Self Harming Behaviors
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW Thursday, July 15, 2021 9 AM – 4 PM
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, prevention and assessment 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 related to suicidal behavior are reviewed for early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Self-harm statistics and issues impacting racial minority and LGBTQ youth will also be discussed.
Group discussions will have participants review their own experience in working with suicidal and self-harming youth. Treatment approaches will be provided for depression, psychotropic medications, and counseling youth with suicidal and self-harming behaviors. Suicide risk assessment tools will include warning signs of suicidal behavior and ASQ screening guidelines from the National Institute of Mental Health. 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.