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Salon: How to Help When Suicidal Thoughts Do Not Go Away
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
CSCSW Salon Series
"How to Help When Suicidal Thoughts Do Not Go Away"
with Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW
Suicide prevention texts and training materials typically address suicidal ideation as an acute crisis. Indeed, for many people, once the crisis subsides, suicidal thoughts do not return. For some people, however, suicidal thoughts persist for years even when there is no crisis, or they recur many times. Compared to an acute suicidal crisis, chronic suicidal thoughts often require different treatment approaches, provoke different reactions in the treating clinician and other caregivers, and elicit different responses in the clients themselves. Using examples, discussion, and handouts, this training workshop will describe the phenomenon of chronic suicidal ideation and approaches to treating it, based on diverse research and theories.
After completion of the training, participants will be able to:
1. Articulate common differences between chronic vs. acute suicidality
2. Explore with clients the functions that chronic suicidal ideation may serve
3. Describe at least 3 techniques designed to help people cope effectively with chronic suicidal thoughts
Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, writes and teaches extensively about suicide. In addition to her book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals, Dr. Freedenthal has published scholarly articles on suicide and related topics, and she created the website SpeakingOfSuicide.com. Dr. Freedenthal is an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and she also has a small psychotherapy and consulting practice specializing in assessing and treating suicide risk. She earned an MSW from the University of Texas and a doctorate in social work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Attendees will receive 1.5 CEUs