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Suicide Prevention Tools for Frontline Substance Abuse Workers
April 13, 2017 . 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
This six-hour workshop is designed for frontline substance abuse counselors and others who work directly in any setting with people negatively affected by the use of alcohol and/or other drugs. It focuses on three basic skills: asking about suicide, monitoring for emerging suicide risk, and safety planning. It DOES NOT COVER clinical assessment, counseling, or treatment of suicidal clients. “Suicide Prevention Basics for Frontline Substance Abuse Workers” covers principles and practices based on sources that are evidence-based or are theoretically sound and widely used, such as SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 50; the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Suicide Risk Assessment Standards & Practices; the American Association of Suicidology’s Consensus Warning Signs; and the Safety Plan Treatment Manual (Veteran Version). The workshop includes instruction, interactive exercises, discussion, and take-home tools..
The “Suicide Prevention Tools” workshop will enable participants:
1. To understand the close relationship between substance abuse and suicide
2. To value their own knowledge and experience related to suicide and its prevention
3. To empathize with the point of view of someone who is suicidal
4. To recognize caregiver attitudes about suicide that might affect working with a suicidal person
5. To consider the value of a highly collaborative approach when working with suicidal people
6. To follow guidelines for asking someone about current suicide risk
7. To see the connection between people’s behavior and suicide warning signs
8. To follow guidelines for helping a person use a safety plan
9. To identify sources of more information and resources for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention