7 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $69.00
Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
Until June 30, 2017, health professionals can take any suicide prevention course that meets their time and content requirements. Beginning July 1, 2017, health professionals will have to choose from an approved course on the 2017 model list. Until then, it is the health professional's responsibility to make sure that the course meets their requirements.
This course includes materials consisting of:
General Course Description
Client suicides may be the most severe crisis in a therapist's career, yet surveys consistently find that graduate programs hardly cover the assessment and treatment of suicide. It is estimated that approximately 25 % of psychologists have had a client commit suicide, 11% of pre-doctoral trainees have lost a client to suicide, and an additional 29% have had a client attempt suicide. In addition to the severe emotional and professional effects on therapists whose clients commit suicide, there are legal ramifications as well which every therapist needs to be aware of. Not only are most therapists under-prepared for treating suicidal clients, there may not be another condition so clouded with values and myths. These values and misconceptions can prevent effective treatment. Even worse, therapists who aren't well-versed in the issues surrounding suicide may sometimes accidentally push a client further into suicidal thinking and action.
This intermediate level course consists of 10 articles and 5 podcasts, including suicide statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. It explains both standard and the latest assessment instruments for assessing suicide risk. It exposes the flaws in the too-often used no-suicide contract, explaining why such contracts serve more to protect the therapist than the client and in doing so may actually make some suicides more likely. In addition to presenting effective risk-management techniques that also enhance good therapy, the course covers suicide from both the perspective of the clinician and client, covering such issues as what a suicidal state of mind feels like, and how the fear, as well as actual client suicides, affect therapists. A section of the course presents the humane, unique and non-pathological approach to suicidality by David Webb, the first person to attempt suicide and eventually earn a Ph.D. in the study of suicide. Finally, the course includes an exhaustive Resource section for clinicians and clients, which includes links to further reading, support groups, and assessment tools.
This course will teach psychotherapists to:
1. Describe the incidence of suicides in the United States.
2. Identify suicide risk assessment instruments.
3. Explain how to establish a therapeutic relationship with suicidal clients.
4. Discuss effective legal risk management practices.
5. Describe suicide from the perspective of potential suicidal clients.
6. Identify the risk factors for suicide.
7. Discuss the risk, prevention and treatment of suicide among LGBT adolescents.
Incidence of suicide
Assessing Suicide Risk
Suicide among LGBT youth
Ethical and legal considerations for therapists
Effects of suicide upon therapists
Connecting with suicidal clients
Suicide as a valid option
Additional resources for clients and therapists