Suicide: Risk Assessment and Prevention in DA Treatment

Hopelessness and despair are difficult emotions that we all experience at some points in our lives. For some these emotions can become overwhelming and obsessive and without proper help and support, fatal. It is not uncommon for those with substance use disorders to experience suicidal ideation given the nature of addictive behavioral patterns. How are we doing with suicide assessment and prevention planning in DA treatment? Are we listening with an open mind or a biased ear? This workshop will address the lack of connection in recovery and treatment. We will explore the service gap and waiting list issues, “bad” services, mandated vs non-mandated treatment and what do we do when we notice we have forgotten all about counseling and our services have become glorified case management. How do we step up our game and make suicide risk assessment part of our daily practice and save more lives?
Primary Objectives:
1) Identify barriers to services and suicide risk assessment
2) Develop suicide prevention plans
3) Challenge our barriers to high quality care for risky clients – create an action plan for better care

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
PCB Hours Approved: 
6 hrs
Martha Thompson, PsyD, CAADC
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