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How to Conduct Suicide Risk Assessments for Children and Adolescents

Friday, April 19, 2019, 3:30 PM


Attend this trauma-informed training to learn how to effectively communicate with clients under 18 years old about suicide and self-harm and conduct suicide risk assessments hosted by Wilder's Community Mental Health and Wellness team. *Price includes 3-3.5 CEU hours (see CEU Information below) Suicide is a significant public health problem among children and youth. 18% of high school students in a recent survey indicated that they had seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months, and almost 1 in 10 had actually made an attempt in the previous year. Even among elementary-aged children, suicide is a top 10 cause of death. Despite the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among our youth, many professionals and caregivers do not feel equipped to talk to youth and their parents about suicide or to assess and manage suicide risk. To complicate matters, many of our youth engage in para-suicidal self-harm behaviors that can be confusing and frightening to family members and providers. Participants will learn: How to effectively communicate with children, adolescents, and their caregivers about suicide and self-harm. Risk and protective factors related to youth suicide. Conducting a suicide risk assessment with children and adolescents. Strategies for responding to self-harm behaviors in children and adolescents. Cultural considerations when responding to suicidal and self-harm thoughts and behaviors. How to manage risk factors (safety planning) and when to refer to a higher level of care. What to expect when you send a youth to the hospital for further evaluation. Who should attend this training: Mental Health Professionals, Therapists, Social Workers, Medical Professionals CEU Information: Minnesota Board of Psychology - 3.0 CEU Hours Approved Minnesota Board of Social Work - 3.0 CEU Hours Approved Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy - 3.0 CEU Hours Approved MInnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy - 3.5 CEU Hours Approved Presenter: Sara Nelson, MSW, LICSW is the Assessment and Triage clinical supervisor at Wilder Foundation’s Community Mental Health Services, focusing on the areas of mental health triage and crisis stabilization. She has over 10 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in community and hospital-based settings. She has provided crisis response and assessment to children and adults experiencing suicidal ideation and self-harm behaviors, as well as worked with individuals and families experiencing trauma, abuse, neglect, and medical complications or emergencies. She has served as a liaison to medical staff striving to provide trauma-informed care to patients and families and has trained medical providers on how to respond to escalated behaviors or mental health emergencies. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), Baptiste Yoga and Mindfulness for Youth, and Trauma-Informed Care. Questions about Suicide Risk Assessments, please contact Sara Nelson at sara.nelson@wilder.org Questions about registration, please contact Wilder Center for Learning and Excellence at training@wilder.org

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