It’s natural to feel anxious about clients’ possible harm to themselves. This workshop will provide you with information and support so you can feel more confident in your process, not feel alone, and recognize the importance you and your relationship with the client have in creating safety for your client.
The more prepared we are to have these conversations with our clients, the more likely we will be able to manage the situation with compassion and care in keeping our clients safe. Research, tools, and related issues will be presented throughout the training.
My goal is to increase your confidence and knowledge around suicide assessment including providing tools and strategies to manage situations with clients you are concerned about taking their lives as well as exploring your own reactivity around these clients and situations.
- Explain Interpersonal Theory of Suicide
- Identify at least three suicide factors
- Identify at least three concrete tools for an attachment-based suicide assessment
- Describe some of the therapists’ issues that can come up around suicide
(5 min) Welcome and Introduction to the Speaker
(5 min) Agenda/Overview/introducing language and safety into the training
(20 min) Risk Factors around Suicidality
(15 min) Self of The Therapist Overview/Attachment Styles
(15 min) Break out group Discussion
(30 min) Suicide Assessment Tools
(10 min) Documentations/Legal and Ethical Considerations
(10 min) Self Care and Impact on therapist
(10 min) Questions
Rachel Thomas, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been practicing therapy since 1997. She is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor and specializes in working with couples to create healing and connection. In addition to extensive EFT training, Rachel is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Rachel has been an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor since 2005 and has provided supervision to many other practicing professionals as they progress forward in obtaining their license. She provides on-going clinical supervision and consultation to the therapists at Therapy With Heart as well as outside clinicians who contract for additional EFT supervision and consultation.
(NBCC and AASECT CEs are available. This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists [AASECT] and is approved for 2 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.)