Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., instructor
clearly exists for more extensive training in treatment of suicidal clients,
since 28% of psychotherapist have at least one patient die by suicide. Despite
the difficulties inherent in dealing with suicidal clients, only 40% of all
graduate programs in clinical psychology offer formal training in the study of
suicide. The goals of the workshop are to: (1) provide the latest findings on
warning signs and risk factors for suicide, (2) offer a conceptual model and a
developmental perspective on the dynamics underlying suicide; (3) Explore the internal
struggle the ambivalence of suicide through expert interviews and insight
provided by 3 survivors of very lethal suicide attempts. (4) Address both
objective assessment and the formation of clinical judgment. (5) Inform
participants about recent research on empirically validated treatment
approaches. (6) Provide participants with state of the art crisis management
strategies and opportunities to practice them.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
common legal and ethical mistakes made by clinicians dealing with suicidal
the psychiatric, psychological and social risk factors associated with suicide,
through the use of proper assessment and interview techniques.
an objective assessment of suicide risk, and use the results to plan effective
the core dynamics operating in clients at risk for suicide.
clients’ negative thought patterns and attitudes that influence self
destructive and suicidal behavior.
appropriate crisis interventions and case management strategies for suicidal
patients, using empirically validated methodology for the long-term treatment
of suicidal clients.
the legal and ethical standards of care in the management of suicidal patients.
Program Code: WW64
6 CE Credits
Location: at MSPP, Newton
Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Director
of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. She is involved in
clinical training and research on suicide and violence, resulting in the
development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-destructive Thoughts
(FAST), the (FASI) and the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts
(FAVT), published by PAR Publications. She is co-author of The Self under
Siege, Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of
Meaning and Compassion and Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships. Dr.
Firestone is a highly regarded workshop facilitator in the topics of suicide,
violence and family relations.