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Risk Assessment: Effectively Addressing Client Crises

Family Paths

Friday, November 8, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

Risk Assessment: Effectively Addressing Client Crises

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Risk Assessment:  Effectively Addressing Client Crises

A training with Sarah Solis, LCSW

Provided by Family Paths (CEU Provider #62239 thru CAMFT CEPA) in conjunction with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County through Title IV-E Funding. This training is geared towards clinicians working with children, youth and families involved with CFS or probation in Alameda County.  This workshop is available to you free of charge.


Training Description:  

This 6-hour training focuses on high risk client situations, such as suicidality, homicidality, grave disability, neglect, community violence, domestic violence, and general crisis escalation. Attendees will review common physiological and cognitive responses to crises and how to mitigate these responses in order to effectively support clients. Each crises type will include a categorization of mild, moderate, and severe risk, and corresponding protocols, or interventions. Attendees will practice the application of protocols in small groups and then process the experience as a larger group.

The Trainer: 

Director of Seeds of Change Consulting, Sarah Solis LCSW, has 12 years of experience providing care to clients impacted by trauma. She is currently employed as a Clinical Case Manager at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sarah has worked in corrections, community mental health outpatient and day treatment programs, medical social work, and community-based services for children and families. Sarah has experience providing direct service, clinical supervision, and worked as a program manager for many years. Sarah believes treatment is a gift to the healer as well as the healing. Each individual or family brings an incredible life story and personal wisdom. Throughout the treatment process, Sarah ensures that an individual or family’s voice is heard and respected. The majority of her experience has been working with underserved and marginalized populations. Cultural humility and responsiveness is an important element in her work. She participates in monthly cultural humility work groups and has co-authored a training on cultural assessment and treatment planning.



Attendees will identify 1 means of mitigating work-related dysregulation, increasing risk management ability.

Attendees will be able to identify 3 high-risk clinical situations.

Attendees will demonstrate the ability to forecast risk before a crises occurs.

Attendees will apply the Risk Management Assessment to 1 or more scenarios.


This training meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Family Paths is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #62239) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Family Paths maintains responsibility for this course and its content.  Two 15 minute breaks and one half hour lunch is not included in the total CEU time awarded. CEUs will be awarded in person at the end of the training. We will be unable to provide attendees with certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of course content is missed.




9-9:30 am       Introductions and review of day


9:30-10 am     Dysregulation


10-10:45 am   Pre-mortem planning/Risk Assessment


10:45-11 am   Break


11:00-11:30   Suicidality


11:30-12:00   Homicidality


12:00-12:30   Grave Disability


12:30-1:00     Lunch


1:00-1:30       Neglect


1:30-2:00       Family Violence


2:00-2:45       Community Violence


2:45-3:00       Break


3:00-3:30       Crisis De-escalation


3:30-3:45       Review


3:45-4:00       Evaluations    




Please note this training will be at our Oakland downtown offices and unfortunately we do not have parking available. Options include:  There is 2 hour meter parking around the building. There are also multiple $7 lots in the area. These usually require cash. In addition we are located walking distance from 19th street BART station.  And if you are open to a little walk, there is free parking across the freeway on 18th street. Please allocate enough time to find parking in the area. Here's the parking map for around our office:


Disability Accommodation:

Family Paths will make reasonable efforts during the training to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this training, please contact the Clinical Training Coordinator no later than 5 days before the training. This building where the training takes place is wheelchair accessible and has disabled parking available.

Please Note:

Please send any requests for accommodations for disability or any questions to

Cancellation Policy: 

We do not charge for our trainings at present and space is limited. If you cannot attend we ask that you contact us as soon as possible in order to open up that seat to someone else. Contact us at If a training is cancelled, participants are notified via email no later than one week prior to the training if possible.  If a trainer has an emergency and notifies the training department in less than week, those registered for the training are notified as soon as possible.  Training registrants are provided the makeup date that is scheduled for the training.


Training Grievance Policy: 

Family Paths is committed to providing a work/learning environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  A participant of trainings has the right to seek a remedy for a dispute or disagreement through Family Path’s policies for filing complaints/grievances for participants.  Training participants may use available informal means to have decisions reconsidered before filing a formal complaint/grievance. No retaliation of any kind shall be taken against a participant for filing a complaint/grievance. In an effort to provide the highest quality services to participants in our trainings, you are encouraged to report immediately any concerns regarding your training experience to the Clinical Training Coordinator who will provide the complaint form.  All participant complaints/grievances should be in writing (which may be in your own language) to the Clinical Training Coordinator, Family Paths, 1727 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Suite #109 Oakland, CA 94612or by email to Once a complaint or grievance has been submitted, you can expect a response no later than ten (10) business days.  Upon receipt the Clinical Training Coordinator will conduct a formal review of the complaint/grievance and will attempt a timely resolution, taking appropriate corrective action if warranted by the investigation. If no resolution is forthcoming, or the problem is not satisfactorily resolved, the participant may direct any complaint/grievance to the Program Administrator, Family Paths’ Clinical Director.

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When & Where

1727 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Oakland, CA 94612

Friday, November 8, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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Family Paths

Family Paths, Inc. (formerly Parental Stress Service) is a non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provide a number of mental health and supportive services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families.

 We are a multicultural agency committed to serving families of Alameda County regardless of age, ethnicity/race, financial status, language, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, religion, gender, mental or physical ability.

 We were founded as a volunteer-run 24-hour parent support hotline in 1972, and today we serve the mental health needs of children and families from offices in Oakland and Hayward. These services include a 24-hour Parent Support & Resource Hotline providing referrals to our counseling services and access to over 900 community resources from our vast database, a Foster Parent Advice Line, CalWORKs Case Management, Positive Parenting Classes, and Family Yoga. We provide counseling for children, adolescents, parents and caregivers, and families.

Our Mission:

Family Paths strengthens family relationships
by providing mental health treatment and supportive services
with respect, integrity, compassion, and hope.

Our Vision:

A safe home for every child.

Our Values:

Respect in our communications.
Integrity in our actions.
Compassion for our struggles.
Hope for the future.


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