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Suicide Prevention Strategies That Work

  • 20 Feb 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Meeting
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  • Reserved for members of the San Diego CAMFT Chapter. (Please make sure your registration information matches your information that we have on file.)
  • Reserved for individuals registering who are not SD CAMFT Chapter Members.
  • Reserved for students.


A link to the webinar will be sent via email to registrants in their confirmation email. Note: This event will not be recorded and must be attended live.

The BBS requires 6 CEU credits in suicide prevention be completed before your next license renewal.


Suicide is the most common psychological emergency that therapists will encounter, and it is on the rise. For mental health professionals with an active clinical practice, suicide is an occupational hazard that can be both emotionally and practically devastating. Recent research has identified suicide-specific therapies that are effective in treating both suicidal ideation and behavior. Most therapists are not aware of them nor have they been trained in them, so most suicidal clients do not receive these potentially lifesaving treatments.

This workshop will assist attendees to be able to identify the most important techniques/tools for assessing suicidal risk in clients and then apply effective evidence based therapies to allow them to practice to the standard of care. The workshop will assist therapists to implement state of the art crisis interventions for suicidal clients. The presentation will also introduce and teach strategies to minimize the risk of successful lawsuits or sanctions in clinical practice.

This presentation meets the standards of education and training to all licensed mental health practitioners. The training will teach them how to implement validated, evidence based treatments meeting the professional standard of care. This workshop is facilitated by a licensed clinical Psychologist, researcher and suicidologist recognized as an international expert in the field of suicidal treatment. This workshop has been approved to meet the requirements by all the professional mental health licensing boards for the required 6 hour mandated training for suicide.


  • Identify the most important techniques/tools for assessing suicidal risk

  • Recognize innovative and effective suicide therapies which will assist clinicians in practicing to the standard of care

  • Activate strategies to minimize the risk of successful lawsuits or sanctions

  • Find effective coping strategies for the emotional impact of working with clients who attempt suicide or actually commit suicide

  • Implement effective state‐of‐the‐art crisis
    interventions for suicidal patients


  • Introduction
  • Theory: Our Approach to Understanding Suicide
  • Development of Risk
  • How Suicide Occurs
  • Risk Factors and Warning Signs
  • Assessment
  • Safety Planning
  • Practice recommendations
  • Patient oriented approaches
  • Effective Brief interventions
  • Additional treatment approaches
  • Conclusion
  • Resources
  • Questions & Evaluations


This event is for mental health professionals.


$50 for Chapter Members

$75 for Non-members

$40 for Students

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Please visit our website: www.camft-sandiego.org


Please email the Education Chair at education@camft-sandiego.org


Course Completion certificates will be awarded electronically in exchange for a completed evaluation form. Please make sure the Program Administrator has your correct email.

Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Partial credit will not be awarded.

Participants must be present for the entire length of the workshop to be awarded credit. Participants will not be given CEU credit if they are more than 15 minutes late and/or do not stay for the entire length of the workshop.

This course is provided by the San Diego Chapter of the California association of marriage and family therapists (Provider #57330) is approved by the California association of marriage and family therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. San Diego chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.

Please email the CEU Chair at ceuchair@camft-sandiego.org


Lisa Firestone, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association and senior editor at PsychAlive Since 1987, she has been involved in clinical training and applied research in the areas of suicide and violence. Her research resulted in the development of four assessments the Firestone Assessment of Self-destructive Thoughts (FAST), Firestone Assessment of Suicide Intent the (FASI), The Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts for Adults and Adolescents (FAVT) Dr. Firestone is the co-author of “Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice; ““Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion” and “Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships” as well as numerous articles and chapters.

Dr. Firestone is a national and international speaker on the topics of suicide, violence and family relations; she is also the producer of the Glendon Association training films on suicide and violence.

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