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Suicide Prevention: Common Errors and Current Trends

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College of Lake County

19351 West Washington Street

Grayslake, IL 60030

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Co-Sponsored by Lake County Suicide Prevention Taskforce, College of Lake County Human Services and Social Work Department, and Lake County Health Department

Workshop Description

The focus of this workshop is to build upon existing suicide risk assessment and management skills and knowledge. New research on evidence-informed approaches will be presented. As well, time will be taken to practice specific skills and enhance discussion through role-plays and small group activities.

This workshop is ideal for Counselors, Case Managers, Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Psychiatric Nurses, Mental Health Administrators.

The Presenter: Jason L. Chen, PhD, a Health Services Research and Development Fellow at the VA Portland Health Care System Center. During his time in graduate school, he worked on several SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act State Suicide Prevention grants with a focus on program development and outcome evaluation for mental health professional training, youth gatekeeper programs and cultural competence. The focus of his current research is on translating research into clinical practice to enhance veteran suicide.

Date: April 11th, 2017

Location: College of Lake County, Wing A Auditorium, Lower Level, 19351 West Washington St., Gurnee, IL 60031. Park in lots 4, 5, or 6, and enter through main entrance at roundabout. Walk to Wing A and head downstairs (by colored square mural) to auditorium.

Registration/Refreshments: 8:15 am Start Time: 9:00 am End Time: 2:30 pm

Lunch will be on your own at 11:30-12:30. There is a cafeteria at this location and nearby restaurants. A $3.00 voucher will be provided for those who wish to use the Cafe Willow (the onsite cafeteria).

ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS ON MARCH 28TH. You can still register the day of the event for an additional $10.00.

Fee: $20.00 per person / $10.00 per person for LCSPTF Member Agency and Affiliate Employee

Scholarships are available if the fee will incur financial hardship. Please contact for more information and to request a scholarship.

Cancellations made via email prior to March 28th, 2017 will receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations made after March 28th, 2017.

Continuing Education: 4.5 CEU's. From the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA) for CADC. IDPFR approved for social workers and professional counselors.

***Walk-ins are welcome, but admission cannot be guaranteed, and a $10 fee will be added to the base rate.

If you have any questions, please contact Katia Marshall at

Learning Objectives

Following this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe current models of suicide risk assessment and management

  • Explain current theoretical models of suicide risk

  • Discuss potential challenges to matching clients to the appropriate level of care

  • Explore the potential utility of novel assessment and management strategies within their own clinical work or organization

Workshop Outline

I. Overview of the different components of suicide risk assessment.

a. Variables to evaluate for assessing suicide risk

b. Applied steps of a comprehensive suicide risk assessment

c. Clinician/client challenges to suicide risk assessment

d. Use of the Therapeutic Risk Management model for suicide prevention

II. Theoretical models of suicide risk

a. Current theoretical models

b. Challenges to the utility of current models

c. Upcoming models for suicide risk

III. Common challenges to suicide risk assessment and triage

a. Assessment and risk stratification

b. Suicide risk management and appropriate fit

c. Clinician/client factors

d. Organizational issues

IV. Novel approaches to suicide risk assessment and management

a. Experimental methods

b. New measures

c. Promising suicide prevention-focused therapies (e.g. CBT for Suicide Prevention, Post-Admission Cognitive Therapy)

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