Navigate: Helping Families Navigate Suicide Risk

When Dec 09, 2020 09:00 AM to
Dec 11, 2020 03:00 PM
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Contact Phone 502-852-9103
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*Presenter: Dr. Laura Frey* 

As a field, Suicidology offers a variety of trainings in assessing and treating individual risk for suicide. However, these trainings fail to integrate a family component. During assessment, family members can provide collateral information that allows a clinician to develop a richer picture of suicide risk. It is also important to assess how much family members contribute to suicide risk or present barriers both to receiving treatment and to treatment being effective. Family Navigation for Suicide Risk will cover a variety of topics needed for professionals to become Certified Family Navigators for Suicide Risk. Over 3 days, attendees will (a) learn how to conduct a suicide risk assessment and determine the appropriate level of response, (b) specific family factors affecting both youth and adult suicide risk, (c) how to consider a family component even when working with only the suicidal individual, (d) how to help families understand how they can best support their suicidal loved one. Each day 5-6 modules that end by a content-specific experiential exercise. These include multiple opportunities to review case studies, complete scripted role-plays, and review critical thinking worksheets. 

After this training, attendees will be able to

  • Be able to assess for suicide risk to determine whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is most appropriate
  • Be able to recognize family dynamics that can affect suicide risk and treatment adherence
  • Be able to prepare individuals for talking to their family members or loved ones about suicide
  • Be able to provide resources and support to family members as they interact with their suicidal loved one


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