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Course Description

This course will explore the theoretical foundation in the clinical assessment, treatment, and management of suicidal risk over time through treatment with suicidal persons. This course will provide instructions in “evidenced-based” and “best practices” for the treatment and case management with the suicidal person.

Content Area

  • The epidemiology of suicide in America and internationally
  • Review of mental health diagnoses and their relation to suicide risk
  • Review of suicide risk assessment, treatment and management for behavioral health, chemical dependency and social services professionals.
  • Review evidenced-based risk and protective factors
  • Integrating treatment strategies for the suicidal person with mental health and substance use disorders.
  • The relationship of relapse in both substance abuse and mental health in the treatment of the suicidal person.
  • The importance of family and support system involvement with treating the suicidal person.
  • Hospital care and Civil Commitment
  • Psychopharmacology: What we know, what we don’t know
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Cultural/ethnic and racial dimensions
  • Legal, ethical and malpractice issues in the treatment of suicidal persons
  • Debriefing/consultation and using supervision
  • Postvention


Understanding Suicide

  • Define basic terms related to suicidality.
  • Be familiar with suicide-related statistics.
  • Describe the phenomenology of suicide.
  • Demonstrate understanding of risk and protective factors

Collecting Accurate Assessment Information

  • Integrate a risk assessment for suicidality early in a clinical interview and continue to collect assessment information on an ongoing basis.
  • Collaboratively develop an emergency plan that assures safety and conveys the message that the client’s safety is not negotiable.
  • Coordinate and work collaboratively with other treatment and service providers


  • Document items related to suicidality.

Understanding Legal and Regulatory Issues Related to Suicidality

  • Understand state laws pertaining to suicide.
  • Understand that poor or incomplete documentation makes it difficult to defend against legal challenges.

Five Gifts of Pro-Aging:  Honoring Maturity in a Culture That Could Use It; Marcia Newman, MA, LMFT, Psychotherapist, Program Manager of the Betty Ford Center Outpatient Services in West Los Angeles and Author of Five Gifts of Pro-Aging: Honoring Maturity in a Culture That Could Use It.

This experiential workshop is designed for women (and any brave men who wish to attend).

Marcia Newman will offer a fresh perspective and a much needed dialogue on the benefits of aging, in contrast to today’s anti-aging culture, which inundates women with messages about appraising our value by remaining youthful.  Newman will address generation-sensitive reasons for the increase in addictions among older women and provide five key gifts which promote new revolutionary roles for maturity and joyful living.

 Please check back in the summer for updates on workshops.

 Please check back in the summer for updates on workshops.

 Please check back in the summer for updates on workshops.

Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients; Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D.

*Please note this is a 3-hour workshop and will end at 4:45pm.

The successful management of resistance is the pivotal point of effective therapy. It is also a critical component in alleviating therapists’ stress. Although most therapists have been trained extensively in theoretical approaches, few have had extensive training in dealing with resistance. This is a fast paced, highly practical seminar designed to teach innovative approaches and ideas to prevent, avoid, and resolve resistance. These techniques are applicable across a wide array of clients and problems, and can be integrated with all theoretical approaches. Emphasis will be on “how to” aspects of resistance management, though the theory behind each approach is provided.

Specifically, this seminar will first present definitions and a model for resistance that empowers therapists in managing the problem. This is followed by a discussion of common mistakes therapists make that promote resistance and a discussion of the general principles for dealing with resistance. More specific approaches and techniques are then presented with particular attention given to utilizing the inherent power of language to circumvent resistance. Common client impasses such as “Yes, but…” responses will be addressed. Upon completion of the training, participants will have a broad array of techniques to add to their repertoire and to aid in reducing the stress that accompanies their most frustrating clients.