Disarming the Suicidal Mind: Evidence-Based
Assessment and Intervention
From Triage to Tomorrow Suicide deaths
have increased dramatically in recent years to nearly 40,000 Americans annually,
a leap that has been attributed variously to the Great Recession, wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, and access to guns and prescription pain killers "but what
about medical error". Thirty-nine percent of suicide completers have been seen
in an ER within the past year (many for mental health complaints and self-harm),
while 59% of ER patients with injuries from deliberate self-harm do not receive
a psychiatric assessment. Despite these trends, graduate training in assessment
of imminent self-harm is often limited, offering little practical experience in
counseling labs due to intake policies designed to avoid liability.
This course offers a revealing look inside the
complex and rapidly expanding knowledge base concerning the epidemiology of
suicide and self-harm, while exploring the most effective measures you can take
to save your patients? lives. Learn to recognize risk factors associated with
suicide attempts, as well as long-term and imminent warning signs, and
accurately assess self-harm and suicide risk. Discover evidence-based
interventions and explore the challenges of treatment across populations,
including patients with addictive behaviors. Finally, we will deconstruct the
emergency mental health protocols of today and identify common thinking errors
leading to diagnostic and intervention mistakes that actually worsen crisis
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Discuss the rapidly expanding knowledge base
concerning the epidemiology of suicide and self-harm
Recognize risk factors associated with suicide attempts, as well as long-term
and imminent warning signs
Describe common assessment and intervention errors that can be lethal
Identify ethical issues related to suicidal assessment and involuntary
Outline comprehensive assessment/intervention strategies
Tim Webb, LPC combines 27 years of
behavioral health experience providing emergency assessment and intervention
services in psychiatric hospitals, residential facilities, emergency rooms,
jails, detention centers and community outpatient settings including the
client's home. Having trained over 22,000 human service professionals, he has
developed state-of-the-art assessment tools, interventions, and safety plans for
working with suicidal, violent, and psychotic patients. Mr. Webb is the author
of "Focus on Safety: Assessing, Treating and Safety Planning Suicidal,
Self-Injurious and Violent Clients", he also designed the "Cliff" intervention
for managing the safety and symptoms of clients in a variety of settings.
Currently, Mr. Webb is the CEO of The Focus Group, PLLC which provides clinical
training and consultation services to facilities and agencies nationwide. A
graduate of both UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University, Mr. Webb has a
Master's Degree in Counseling and has provided services as a Clinical Director,
Intake Director, Director of Social Services, mobile crisis clinician and
private practitioner. He served on a work group for the North Carolina Crime
Commission and been a featured speaker for the NC LPC Conference, NCAMTSO
Conference and NC Juvenile Justice Conference. Attendees describe Mr. Webb's
trainings as combining practical, hands-on, cutting edge concepts with a highly
engaging and entertaining style.
Financial-Receives a speaking honorarium from Cross Country Education.
Nonfinancial-No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
is a wealth of experience: Fantastic!" Stephanie Bayrooti, Social Worker "Really
enjoyed this seminar and would take others offered by this presenter." Kimberly
Kish, Clinic Supervisor "Mr. Webb had a great style and kept people interested."
Henry Linden, Social Worker
TIMOTHY SPRUILL, MA, EdD, has conducted more
than 3,500 emergency psychiatric assessments in one of Orlando's busiest
emergency departments as a consultant at Florida Hospital, where he is a
founding faculty member of the Emergency Medicine residency program. Through his
work with high-risk patients and his passion for staying abreast of the latest
research in the area of suicidology, Dr. Spruill has developed an evidence-based
approach to emergency mental health that urges progress far beyond the fragile
gains of traditional (and contemporary) psychological triage.
His extensive experience conducting assessments and evaluations reaches back to
his work in private psychiatric hospitals in the early 1980s. Dr. Spruill earned
his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from George Mason University in
1977. After four years of teaching, he left for the applied world of a community
psychiatric setting and pursued his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at
Western Michigan University. In addition to his ongoing consulting work, he
returned to academia in 1991 to share his experience and extend his research
capabilities. During his time with Andrews University and, subsequently, Florida
Hospital, he has continued to collect data on suicide and conduct research in
his chosen field of Behavioral Medicine. Since 2010, he has taught continuing
education courses on the topics of suicide assessment, preventing medical
errors, and violence. He has also presented his findings at numerous
conferences, traveling as far as Cape Town, South Africa, to speak on suicide.
Disclosure: Financial - Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education, LLC.
Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Dr. Spruill's knowledge and training on suicide
assessment is a "must" for anyone working in the mental health, behavioral
medicine field. His presentation was excellent. When I heard him speak, not only
was I inspired, but a seasoned psychologist sitting near me said it was the best
presentation he had heard on the subject of medical errors in his 30 years of
Susan Kauffman, CCMHC, LMHC
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• Social Workers
• Marriage and Family Therapists
• Psychiatric Nurses
• Case Managers
• Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
• Mental Health Administrators
• Nurse Practitioners
CREDITS - CE Approvals
American Association of Nurse Practitioners -
Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited by the American Association of Nurse
Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing
education. Provider number: 060313. This activity was planned in accordance with
AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies. This course is offered for 6.0
American Nurses Credentialing Center - Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited as a
provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center's Commission on Accreditation. This course is offered for 6 contact
American Psychological Association - Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the
American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for
psychologists. Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for this program
and its content. This program offers 6 CE credits for psychologists. Full
attendance is required to receive credit for psychologist, variable credit for
partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.
Association of Social Work Boards - Vyne Education, LLC. provider #1005,
"formerly Cross Country Education" is approved as a provider for social work
continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through
the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since
1999, approved period 1-27-15 to 1-27-18). Vyne Education, LLC. maintains
responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 Ethics continuing
education clock hours for participating in this course. Licensed social workers
should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current
continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at
www.aswb.org for more information. This educational offering is at the
Intermediate level for social workers.
California Board of Registered Nursing - Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the
California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 16668, for 7.2 contact
hours. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for
partial attendance may not be awarded.
Commission for Case Manager Certification - This program has been pre-approved
by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education
credit to CCM #65533; board certified case managers. Full attendance is required to
receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded. The
course is approved for 6 CE contact hour(s). Activity code: S00019693 Approval
Number: 160000485. To claim these CEs, log into your CE Center account at
Educators Statement - This educational offering may qualify toward your
professional development requirement. The educational offering consists of 6
clock hours. Use this information and your board rules and regulations to
calculate professional development/continuing education credit.
Ethics Statement - This educational offering is offered for 6 hours of
continuing education of which 6 hour includes discussion of ethics issues.
Florida Board of Nursing - Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider by the
Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0
General Statement - This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing
education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards
and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of
completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing
Iowa Board of Nursing - Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider with the
Iowa Board Of Nursing, approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2
Louisiana Counseling Association - This program has been approved for 6 clock
hours of continuing education by the Louisiana Counseling Association as
authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.
Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial
attendance may not be awarded.
Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - This program was
approved by the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for 6.0
contact hours of continuing education credit.
NASW-LA - This program has been approved for 6 clinical continuing education
contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter
as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Worker Examiners, and may
be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors - This course has
been approved by Vyne Education, LLC., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider,
for 6 continuing education hours. NAADAC Provider #77600, Vyne Education, LLC.
is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Content includes elements
of one of the NAADAC 8 Counselor Skills Group. Full attendance is required to
receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based
on the NAADAC guidelines.
Oklahoma State Department of Health, Protective Health Services, State Board of
Behavioral Health Licensure - This continuing education program has been
approved by the Oklahoma Board of Professional Counselors and Licensed Marriage
and Family Therapist for 6.0 contact hours of which 1 hours includes Ethics
State of Illinois Department of Professional
Regulation (IL-Counselor) - Vyne Education, LLC. is a registered counselor
continuing education sponsor approved through the State of Illinois Department
of Professional Regulation (license # 197-000144). This program is offered for
six (6) contact hours of continuing education for counselors. Licensed
counselors in other states should contact their individual state jurisdiction to
review the current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.
State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IL-MFT) - Vyne
Education, LLC. is a registered marriage and family therapist continuing
education sponsor approved through the State of Illinois Department of
Professional Regulation (license # 168-000172). This program is offered for six
(6) contact hours of continuing education for marriage and family therapist.
Licensed marriage and family therapist in other states should contact their
individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education
requirements for licensure renewal.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors - Vyne Education, LLC.
is an approved sponsor of continuing education for licensed professional
counselors through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
(Provider number 2709). This course is offered for 6 clock hours.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists - Vyne
Education, LLC. is an approved sponsor of continuing education for licensed
marriage and family therapists through the Texas State Board of Examiners of
Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider number 195). This course is offered for
6 clock hours.
Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family
Therapy - This program has been submitted to the Wisconsin Association for
Marriage and Family Therapy for 6 CEUs.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM -