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Family Based Youth Suicide Prevention Workshop for Clinicians

Live Online: March 10-11, 2022

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Co-sponsored by the Center for Family Intervention Science, Counseling and Family Therapy Program at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions and Drexel University College of Medicine Behavioral Health Education.

Dates:

2-Session Live Webinar on March 10-11, 2022

Time:

10am-1:45pm ET (i.e. 9am-12:45pm CT / 7am-10:45am PT; please check your local time zone)

How often do adolescents present in therapy with suicide ideation? Or unexpectedly reveal these thoughts during a session? When do we tell caregivers? How do we tell caregivers? Do we send adolescents to the hospital or create a safety network to keep them at home? What level of risk are we comfortable managing in our practice? Learning some practical, state of the art, empirically supported clinical strategies to manage a youth suicide crisis can improve clinical decision making and ethical practice.

Overview of the Family Based Youth Suicide Prevention Workshop

This workshop provides an introduction to state of the art, empirically supported family based suicide risk management practices to help therapists and clinical staff manage suicide concerns when they arise. First, we discuss trauma informed care, adolescent and family development and the national concern about adolescent suicide risk. Then we teach a family-centered care approach to risk assessment and safety planning. Finally, we teach strategies for engaging families into the treatment process and how to conduct a first family session. Lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, and therapy videos are used throughout the workshop.

Target Audience

This workshop focuses on mental health staff responsible for managing high risk clinical assessments and treatment of suicidal youth. This might include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, family therapists and mental health counselors. Other professionals who work with youth might also gain skills from this training.

Program Objectives:

  • List the important aspects of a risk assessment.
  • Explain importance of a family generated safety plan.
  • Explain the barriers to engaging families in treatment.

Course Components

Risk Assessment

We review the essential procedures of suicide risk assessment We provide a framework for thinking about when to do a risk assessment, who to involve, and how much information caregivers need to know. We discuss several standardized measures for therapists to assess suicide risk and how to document this information to protect confidentiality, yet maintain an ethical practice. Therapists need to know the critical risk factors and warning signs to facilitate a state of the art risk assessment. Family risk and protective factors are reviewed to help therapists evaluate if adolescents can remain at home. Finally, the decision making process of what level of care is needed to match the level of risk is reviewed. Participants are given the opportunity to practice these risk assessment skills.

Safety Planning

Safety planning has become an essential tool for helping patients manage their suicidal thoughts. We will review our family based approach to developing and using a safety plan. Caregiver involvement from the beginning can help promote the family as a foundation of safety and comfort, a powerful protective factor for troubled youth. The safety plan becomes a mutual conversation where caregivers learn how to listen and support their adolescent to identify basic coping and social support strategies. The caregivers also develop their own safety plan guidelines that improve how they interact with the adolescent when stress emerges. In this way, the safety plan becomes a tool to help caregivers manage their own anxiety, a critical goal in a family based suicide treatment approach. Role play provides an opportunity for workshop participants to practice a complex multi person safety plan process.

Family Engagement

Caregivers serve as the gatekeepers for adolescents receiving mental health services. Adolescent do not take themselves to therapy; caregivers bring them. Unfortunately, many caregivers and adolescents present with barriers to services utilization. Logistical barriers are real and need to be solved. However, psychological barriers often serve as the bigger challenge. Families may not trust therapists, may want to keep family problems private, may have negative experience with mental health services, and may feel stigma and shame about attending services. We discuss how to anticipate these challenges and bring them into conversations during the assessment phase. Then we review strategies for engaging caregivers and youth into the therapy process itself; the first challenge for any family based therapy. Clinical protocols, video examples and role play help the participate understand and practice these skills.

Registration

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If you have questions or concerns contact: Rebecca Saionz at rss94@drexel.edu or 215-571-3410

Please let us know if you have any disability or other special needs so that we can ensure that your needs will be fully met.

Fees

Regular Registration: $130.00 USD
Drexel University Faculty: $65.00 USD
Graduate Student: $65.00 USD
Student rate only available for students currently enrolled in a program. Proof of student status will be required.
*10% group discount available for groups of 3 or more

CE Certificate Fees:
PA State Board LMFT/LCSW/LSW/LPC - $25 per certificate
APA CE - $35 per certificate

***Many states accept APA CEs for Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors. Some states also accept other state board's CEs. Please check with your local licensing board to verify CEs you can use.***

Tuition Includes:

  • Presentation slides.
  • Certificate of Attendance.

NOTE: Full payment required prior to the start of the webinar.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

A $25.00 administration fee will be charged for all refunds. Telephone requests will be honored up to four business days before the start of the course begins and must be confirmed in writing. If cancellation occurs within three business days prior to the course, a refund will not be available. However, the full amount of tuition may be applied to a future course (Note: certain restrictions apply.) Allow minimum of six weeks from date of course completion for processing refunds.

PLEASE NOTE: A $50.00 administrative fee will be charged for any returned checks due to insufficient funds.

Logistical Info

You will be emailed the link for the webinar and relevant handouts the day before the first webinar will occur.

The webcast start time is 10am EDT. We recommend that you allow yourself additional time to connect in the event of technical difficulties.

The link to view the webcast will be a Zoom link, which is an internet based program. If you are able to view and listen to videos via your computer you should be fine. An internet connection - broadband or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) is suggested. We recommend that you allow yourself additional time to connect in the event of technical difficulties.

If you have any questions in reference to connecting to the webcast, please do not hesitate to contact us at abft@drexel.edu

Speakers

Guy Diamond, PhD
Guy Diamond, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Associate Professor at Drexel University in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. At Drexel, he is the Director of the Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS). CFIS was founded in 1996 and has received funding from NIMH, SAMSHA, CDC, CSAT and several private foundations. CFIS is dedicated to the development; testing and dissemination of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) for depressed and suicidal youth. ABFT has been rigorously tested in several clinical trials and process research studies and now enjoys the distinction of being an empirically supported treatment on SAMHSA's NREPP web site. Diamond is also the lead developer of the Behavioral Health Screening (BHS) tool, a web based tool for mental health and non-mental health settings. The BHS is in primary care, emergency rooms, schools and college health and mental health centers. Along with his co-authors, Drs. Gary Diamond and Suzanne Levy, Diamond has written the first book on ABFT, Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents, published by the American Psychological Association on October 2014.

Suzanne Levy, PhD
Suzanne Levy, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and training director of the ABFT Training Program at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions. Levy is a co-developer of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT). ABFT is the only manualized, empirically informed and supported, family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and/or depression. Since 2007, Levy has been conducting ABFT training workshops and supervision for therapists nationally and internationally. She also over sees ABFT treatment in Drexel's Center for Family Intervention Science's clinical trials. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on ABFT, emotion coaching, child and adolescent therapies, resilience, adolescent depression, adolescent development, and adolescent substance use. Levy has presented at 100s of workshops, conferences and invited lectures, as well as in college classrooms. Along with her colleagues, Drs. Guy and Gary Diamond, Levy has written the first book on ABFT, Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents published by the American Psychological Association.

Accreditation

***Many states accept APA CEs for Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors. Some states also accept other state board's CEs. Please check with your local licensing board to verify CEs you can use.***

APA (Psychology)

Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This program is being offered for 7 hours of continuing education.

PA State Board LMFT/LCSW/LSW/LPC

Drexel University's Counseling and Family Therapy Department is a Pre-approved Provider by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counselors of Continuing Education Credits. For LMFT, LCSW, LSW, and LPCs: The workshop qualifies for 7 CEs. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded after the presentation to all who attend and follow protocol for registration and evaluation forms.

Drexel University Counseling and Family Therapy Department maintains responsibility for the program and content. Accreditation does not imply that Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions approves or endorses any product included in the educational activity.

Fees:

PA State Board LMFT/LCSW/LSW/LPC - $25 per certificate
APA CE - $35 per certificate

Disclosure statement:

All planners and presenters at nursing continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods or services. Such disclosures will be made in writing in the course presentation materials.

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