Suicidal and High-Risk Clients Assessments and Interventions to Confidently Manage the Most Critical Scenarios in Mental Health
You know how difficult it can be to work with crisis cases …
They’re never scheduled or convenient, and they leave you wondering if your client will be safe or if there’s more you could’ve done.
As a clinician, have you ever…
- Worried about your client’s safety for hours after they left your office?
- Felt uneasy around an aggressive client?
- Been caught off-guard by a client who says they’re thinking about suicide with 5 minutes left in session?
- Questioned whether your client was abusing their medication or other drugs?
- Wondered whether you’re doing more harm than good with your trauma clients?
Then this transformational online training is for you! You’ll learn exactly what to say, what NOT to say, and what to do in even the most difficult settings.
Award-winning instructors – with a combined 30+ years of experience working in the most difficult, high-risk situations – translate strategies into practical use, showing you how to apply this knowledge through real life examples and case studies
Paul Brasler has over 20 years of experience working in substance abuse treatment, drug courts, crisis intervention settings, and even on a hostage negotiation team.
In these six step-by-step modules, he’ll show how to apply his powerful strategies.
- The 12 steps for effectively connecting with your client, de-escalating tense situations, and keeping yourself and others safe
- What Paul identifies as the most reliable and easy-to-use suicide assessment tool (after researching all the most popular measures)
- A comprehensive list of interview questions and assessment tools to determine how likely your client is to harm themselves or others
- When you should strongly consider the possibility of clients exaggerating symptoms
- The 3 problematic thought processes linked to suicide and how to intervene and help your clients with each one
- How to know when you should send a client to the hospital (and what to do if they refuse to go)
- The truth behind safety contracts and how to help your clients weather the storm safely in times of crisis
- How to remember the 10 biggest risk factors identified by the American Association of Suicidology so you know the signs to watch for
- The unexpected reasons behind your client’s agitation (and how screening for these could avoid misdiagnosis and potentially save their life)
- How to defuse the situation effectively when clients become agitated
- What to do if an aggressive client targets you and attacks in session
- Who to call, what to say, and what NOT to say when your client threatens harm to others
- How much you actually need to know about medications and other substances so your clients will have confidence in you as a clinician
- The tell-tale signs your client may be using or be in withdrawal for each of the major drugs of choice
- What warning signs to watch for that suggest your client is at high risk of heroin and opiate overdose
- What experts predict will be the next wave of major drug abuse
- Which questions should set off red flags for potential drug-seeking behaviors
- The life-threatening medical emergencies often missed by clinicians and how to identify them in your clients
- Which mental health symptoms could also be caused by medical conditions, and when to refer your clients for medical screenings
- How to identify if a client is suffering from dementia or experiencing delirium – a subtle but important distinction that could save your client’s life
- The 3-stage model widely recognized as the best approach for designing treatment to help clients through trauma
- Easy exercises your client can do at home to cope with distressing symptoms and regulate affect
- How to talk to other medical providers about trauma using analogies they’ll understand, helping clients receive better care outside of your office
- The most common misdiagnoses of trauma and how to avoid making these common mistakes
As a suicide loss survivor, Dr. Spencer-Thomas is recognized internationally for her innovation and insight.
She’s received multiple awards for her advocacy efforts and has even been invited to speak at the White House to share her expertise on mental health issues.
Now’s your chance to learn directly from Dr. Spencer-Thomas so you can incorporate her expert strategies into your clinical work.
- How to reframe language around suicide to be more compassionate and understanding of both clients and their families
- How a shift in mindset and approach transformed results in one health care system, resulting in a massive drop in deaths by suicide
- Why the rates of death by suicide are so high in men, combat veterans, and rural areas (and how this insight can help better support our clients)
- How you can build protective factors around your client and lower the odds of experiencing crises later
- How to identify loved ones who are struggling early and get them connected with care to reduce suffering and give them hope for a better life
- How to manage crises and help clients get back to functioning well in daily life
- The 3 elements that encompass over 200 known risk factors to predict increased risk of suicide or serious attempts
- The “wall of resistance” that can protect your clients from increased risk of suicide
- The 5-step process recommended by SAMHSA for evaluating suicide risk and pointing clients to the best level of care for them
- Why suicide risk assessment is an ongoing process rather than a one-time event
- How a breakthrough in embarrassing conversations from primary care can help therapists have more honest conversations with clients about suicide
- 6 different ways to ask your clients about suicide so they’ll be more likely to open up when they’re struggling
- What to do first (and what not to do) if your client tells you they’re thinking about suicide
- How to meet clients where they are to remove harmful objects and significantly lower their risk of harm
- The most current tips on developing a collaborative safety plan your client will use when they’re struggling most
- What prosecutors look for in your documentation when deciding whether to bring legal action (and what to write instead)
By Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW
Through practical tips, downloadable assessment tools, worksheets, quizzes, and case studies, you’ll learn:
- Effective suicide assessment and risk management tips for realistic safety planning
- How to recognize medical emergencies that present with psychological symptoms
- Useful strategies for trauma-informed care
- Tools and treatment protocols for substance abuse
- How to prepare for the risk of violent behavior
- And more…