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The likelihood of professionals encountering self-harm and suicidal ideation in their practice is high for populations suffering from mental illness. Assessment tools, clinical steps taken, and documentation of efforts as a helping professional are vital to the well-being of both client and clinician during times of high stress. This presentation will identify and discuss assessment tools for self-harm and suicidal ideation as well as safety planning templates and strategies in order to increase safety in response to emotional escalation, suicidal ideation, increased aggression, substance abuse, and conflict in the home. This presentation will also identify clinical language requirements to support mental health professionals with documentation criteria that achieve compliance that could then be adapted to serve various client populations.
WHAT:This presentation will provide an overview of self-harm, including actions and positive coping strategies to support clients engaged in therapy. Formal assessments for suicidal ideation will be introduced, emphasizing the mandatory questions supported by the state to clinically assess risk. In addition, this presentation will include examples of documentation, including suicide assessments for both agency and school settings, progress-to-date note clinical language of risk outcome and next steps, as well as safety plans that can be implemented with an individual or family system to support safety.
1. Participants will be able to recognize the difference between self-harming behaviors and suicidal ideation in order to identify and implement appropriate interventions.
2. Participants will be able to recognize the clinical language and documentation required in response to client crisis.
3. Participants will be able to recognize the benefits of safety planning with individuals and families to support safety.
4. Participants will examine State-wide resources to support clients in crisis and provide these resources to clients in crisis as appropriate.
Khara Croswaite is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) serving teens 13-18, young adults (18-25), adults, and families in the Denver metro area. She has worked in a trauma-focused, home-based community mental health agency serving at-risk youth and families involved in the Department of Human Services. Khara is the owner of Catalyst Counseling, PLLC, a private practice serving Medicaid clients in the Lowry neighborhood. Khara earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and sought training as an Approved Clinical Supervisor to provide clinical supervision to Masters-level therapists seeking licensure as an LPC in the state of Colorado. Khara values working with diverse clients experiencing anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, trauma, poor self-esteem, life transitions, and relationship/family conflict and is trained in EMDR to support her clients with various trauma. In addition to her practice, Khara enjoys her work as a clinical supervisor in Denver, presenter of clinical workshops for Mental Health Professionals, and her role as an Adjunct Faculty at Red Rocks Community College in the Psychology Department!
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