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Event date: 7/29/2022 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Export event
NASWIA Chapter
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Suicide Risk Assessment Training

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Workshop Outcomes & Objectives:

One of the most challenging and stressful tasks clinicians are faced with is navigating the complex nature of suicide. Many clinicians leave their graduate programs, practicums and clinical supervision withouth formalized training and support on conducting a suicide risk assessment. Despite this lack of training, there is no doubt that every clinicial will be faced with the dauting task of assessing a client for risk of suicide.

The focus of this workshop is to increase participants understanding of the complex nature of suicide, while providing practical tools for uncovering suicide risk that can be immediately applied in their practice. The content of this training includes an overview of the etiology and phenomenology of suicide and provides participants a framework based on best practices for assessing risk. Participants will leave this workshop with increased confidence and competence in the areas of identifying and eliciting risk factors, warning signs and protective factors of suicide, formulating suicide risk, documenting a suicide risk assessment, and engaging clients in safety planning.

    • Identify and apply a language classification system for discussing suicide and self-harming behaviors.
    • Explain the difference between screening and assessment for risk of suicide
    • Identify and apply skills for eliciting the information needed to complete a suicide risk assessment.
    • Identify risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs for suicide
    • Explain the process for determining the level of risk after completing a suicide risk assessment
    • Identify and describe the components required to effectively document a suicide risk assessment
    • Create a collaborative client safety plan

Presenters: Kristin Helm, LISW

Kristin’s journey in the mental health field began over 15 years ago working in a residential treatment program while pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at the State University of New York at Brockport. Upon receiving her Masters Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Kristin became the Lead Therapist at a community mental health center. She later transitioned into the role of Division Director, overseeing three community mental health centers. Kristin currently works full time at her practice Compassionate Counseling, LLC located in Fairfield, IA while continuing to provide mental health consultation for Iowa Wesleyan University.

Please note that NASW-IA charges a $25.00 Administration fee for any cancellation.


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