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Suicide & Non-Suicidal Self Injury: New Directions for the Treatment of Suicidal and NSSI Behaviors


Credit Available - See CEUs tab below.

Category:
Suicide and Self-Harm
Faculty:
Meagan N. Houston, Ph.D., SAP
Duration:
6 Hours 17 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Sep 22, 2015
SKU:
POS045895
Media Type:
Online Learning


Description

This recording goes beyond book knowledge of suicide. It’s full of candid, innovative and front line approaches to assessing and providing treatment to clients who present with suicidal and self-destructive behaviors. Practitioners will not only learn how to assess and treat suicidal patients, but will also be provided clinical tools to develop a suicide risk assessment that protects the clinician both ethically and legally.

Drawing from her years of experience across various populations and treatment settings, Dr. Meagan Houston will provide proven skills in conducting thorough suicide risk assessments, post-suicide risk assessments, and treatment plans with clients who present with suicidal potential. Candid discussion of case studies and use of video clips will also be featured. You will end the recording with:

  • All the tools necessary to conduct a thorough and “legally sound” suicide risk assessment
  • A comfort level with your assessment and decision on how to provide treatment
  • Strategies for the mental health provider when providing crisis intervention in contrast to long-term treatment
  • An ability to identify six population groups at increased suicidal risk
  • Ethical and legal concerns with respect to hospitalization and treating suicidal patients

This recording is beneficial to both the seasoned and fledgling mental health practitioner as it answers questions that have not been provided previously and that most clinicians struggle with. Dr. Houston brings her knowledge, passion, experience, and drive to an issue that most clinicians will encounter at some stage in their career.

CEUs


General Credits

This course is available for 6.0 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.


Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits. 



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Faculty

Meagan N. Houston, Ph.D., SAP Related seminars and products


Meagan N. Houston, Ph.D., SAP, has specialized in providing suicide treatment in a wide variety of settings and populations for over a decade. She has experience in high-risk settings where the application of suicide prevention, assessment, and intervention occurs daily. Dr. Houston treats clients who present with a variety of psychological and behavioral disorders – which lend themselves to acute and chronic suicidality. She emphasizes the use of empirically-based approaches when conducting suicide risk assessments. She has also provided her expertise in the area of treating suicidal clients and self-harm behaviors, as the published author of Treating Suicidal Clients and Self-Harm Behaviors: Assessments, Worksheets & Guides for Interventions and Long-Term Care (PESI, 2017).

Dr. Houston is employed full time with the Houston Police Department Psychological Services Division, and maintains a part-time private practice in Houston, Texas. She has also worked in the federal prison system. In addition, Dr. Houston has provided psychological, psychoeducational, and chemical dependency programs at private practices and college counseling centers. She has also provided geropsychological services to nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Meagan Houston is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Meagan Houston has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Additional Info

Program Information

Additional Resources

To order the book, Suicide and Psychological Pain: Prevention That Works, please visit our product store.

To order the book, The Expanded DBT Skills Training Manual: Practical DBT for Self-Help, and Individual & Group Treatment Settings, please visit our product store.


Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals

Outline

IDENTIFY CLIENTS AT RISK

DSM-5® Diagnosis

  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Bipolar and related disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders
  • Trauma and stressor related disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Feeding and eating disorders
  • Substance-related and addictive disorders
  • Personality disorders

Risks in Special Population Groups

  • Military
  • Geriatric
  • Adolescents
  • College students
  • LGBT
  • Prison

Recognize and identify the Dangers of Self-Destructive Behavior

  • Emotion dysregulation
  • Unhealthy coping skills
  • Rehearsal
  • Preparation
  • Desensitization
  • Attention-seeking behaviors

ASSESSMENT OF SUICIDAL CLIENTS

Conducting a thorough Suicide Risk Assessment

  • 10 essential components
  • Chronic and acute risk factors
  • Distinguishing morbid ideation vs. suicidal ideation
  • Imminent/chronic suicide risk
  • Self-care and consultation

When to Hospitalize

  • Ethical, legal implications and case studies
  • Confidentiality
  • Negligence
  • Minor clients
  • Informed consent and state-specific laws
  • Voluntary vs. involuntary commitment
  • When and how to use law enforcement
  • Homicidal ideation

“Post-Suicide” Risk Assessment

  • Changing clinical factors
  • Remaining risk factors
  • Follow-up recommendations

INTERVENTION AND TREATMENT

Self-Destructive Behavior Treatment Strategies

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Communication
  • Case management

Suicidal Behavior Treatment Strategies

  • Integrate the four key elements of crisis intervention into treatment
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Other treatment interventions
  • Psychopharmalogical intervention and management
  • Recognize when patient returns to “status quo”

Consultation and Technology

  • Tele-Therapy & the NEW APA Guidelines
  • Social media implications

Objectives

  1. Identify four acute risk factors and four chronic risk factors associated with increased suicide risk.
  2. Recognize the essential components of a thorough suicide risk assessment.
  3. Reinforce your skill set with the critical ethical and legal obligations involved when treating a suicidal patient.
  4. Develop an understanding of the indicators of clinician counter-transference issues that may interfere when treating a suicidal patient.
  5. Recognize the foundational components related to para-suicidal behaviors that increase the risk for death by suicide.
  6. Differentiate between morbid ideation (“thoughts of death”) and suicidal ideation.
  7. Describe how social media, technology, and “tele-therapy” affect provider’s role in treating suicidal ideation, intent or plan.
  8. List the “special population groups” who are at increased risk for suicidality.

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