Suicide Prevention: Working with High-Risk Clients

  Firestone ~ Understanding What Drives Suicidal Behavior ~ 9/17/08  $48.00
  Firestone ~ Improving Suicide Risk Prevention Skills ~ 10/1/08  $48.00
  Strategies for High-Risk Clients  $48.00
Lisa Firestone, PhD, with Kevin Hines, suicide attempt survivor ~ Web Briefings:

Suicide Prevention -- A Dialogue You Can Join:

Understanding What Drives Suicidal Behavior
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 ~ 11:30am-1:00pm ~ 1.5 Hrs

Improving Your Suicide Risk Prevention Skills
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 ~ 11:30am-1:00pm ~ 1.5 Hrs

Practicing to the Standard of Care with High Risk Clients
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 ~ 11:30am-1:00pm ~ 1.5 Hrs

Lisa Firestone, PhD
is Director of Research and Education for The Glendon Association. Since 1987, she has been involved in clinical training and applied research in suicide and violence.

In collaboration with Dr. Robert Firestone, her studies resulted in the development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST) and the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT). Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), and Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003).

An accomplished and much requested lecturer, she represents the Glendon Association at national and international conferences in the areas of suicide assessment and prevention, parenting, couple relations and Voice Therapy. Additionally, in conjunction with Joyce Catlett, she conducts intensive Voice Therapy training seminars in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Firestone received her PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1991.

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Although one in five clinical psychologists loses a client to suicide in the course of their clinical career, only 48% of all graduate programs in clinical psychology offer any formal training in assessing the risk of suicide and the treatment of suicidal patients. This series of lectures provides an in-depth understanding of the dynamic of the legal, ethical, and case management issues when dealing with suicidal clients.

Topics addressed in this series of Web Briefings include: demographics of suicide, the risk factors associated with suicide, a review of available instruments for assessing suicide risk, treatment planning and outcome evaluation, a discussion of underlying dynamics of the continuum of self-destructive thoughts, and a discussion of the ethical and legal issues related to the standards of care for suicidal patients. Case histories will be presented throughout to illustrate learning objectives.

Topics for the three Web Briefings in this series are:
  1. Suicide Risk Factors and Assessment Strategy
  2. Self-Destructive and Suicidal Behavior: A Discussion with a Survivor
  3. Case Management and Treatment Strategies for High-Risk Clients, Legal/Ethical Issues