Suicide Prevention

Price: $160.00

Lisa Firestone, PhD, with Kevin Hines, suicide attempt survivor ~ 6 Hrs

Suicide Prevention -- A Dialogue You Can Join:

Understanding What Drives Suicidal Behavior

Improving Your Suicide Risk Prevention Skills

Practicing to the Standard of Care with High Risk Clients

Kevin's Story

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.

You can contact Dr. Firestone at

Kevin Hines has been speaking across the country about mental health issues and preventing suicide since 2001.

In high school, Kevin was outgoing and very social. It all came crashing down in his junior year when he was properly diagnosed with having bipolar disorder. During the first few weeks of college, Kevin was overwhelmed. In the throes of his depression, he attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of less than 2% of people that survive the fall.

Kevin’s mission now is to reach out to those suffering and let them know that with great dedication and proper treatment, they too, can have a bright future, achieving wellness and success. He shares his story of a battle with bipolar disorder and terrible depression. He is candid about a suicide attempt – one which nearly took his life. His story is poignant, heartfelt and a triumphant one. Today, he manages his mental disorder and is winning the battle against mental illness. He has spoken to over 180,000 people about his experiences and reached millions in media interviews. He was featured in the film The Bridge and also appeared in publications such as People, Time, The New Yorker and Newsweek magazines. He has shared his story on Larry King Live, Prime Time, Anderson Cooper 360, 20/20, Good Morning America and many other national and local news programs.

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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.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to report in quantitative terms on suicide in the US by stating accurately how suicide ranks relative to homicide, where it ranks as a cause of death among different age groups, and which methods are most frequently employed

Participants will be able to accurately describe at least three important gender differences revealed in suicide data

Participants will be able to describe at least three points on the continuum of negative thought patterns associated with suicide

Participants will be able to describe a cognitive-behavioral model of suicidality, including at least three predisposing tendencies, 2 triggers, and the role of four sub-systems – behavioral, cognitive, physiological, and affective

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