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Meeting the Challenge of Suicidal and Self-Injurious Behaviors: Updating our Toolkit to Include the Most Current Theories and Interventions

  • Courtyard Marriott 75 Felton Street Marlborough, MA, 01752 United States (map)

Presenter: Barent Walsh, Ph.D. is Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Clinical Consultant at The Bridge, a human service agency headquartered in Worcester, MA and has written extensively and presented internationally on the topic of self-destructive behavior.

Clinical Expert Series at the Bridge Training Institute

Description: Suicide in the United States remains the 10th leading cause of death and the second for young people. Almost 43,000 people in our country died by suicide in 2014.

Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI; e.g. cutting, self-hitting, skin picking, and burning) is a separate (but related) problem and is a major public health challenge in its own right. Data from 2013 in Massachusetts found that 14% of both middle and high school students self-injured during the previous year. National statistics point to an 18% lifetime prevalence. There is no denying an epidemic of NSSI is in our midst.

The treatments of choice for suicidality appear to be two: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality.(CAMS). And the former is often the treatment of choice for NSSI as well. Recent updates re: these treatments will be reviewed with practical applications emphasized.

Following this training, participants will:

  1. Understand the full spectrum of self-destructive behavior.

  2. Understand how NSSI is distinct from suicidal behavior yet, if long-term, is also a predictor of suicide attempts

  3. Learn the four components of Joiner’s Acute Suicidal Affective Disturbance (ASAD)

  4. Learn the components of Klonsky’s evidence-based Three Step Theory of Suicide

  5. Review the therapeutic components of Jobes’ Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

  6. Apply the above to real world clients during discussion periods at the training.

Registration fee: $159 per training (includes 6 CEUs)
Register for any combination of 3 trainings are receive $50 off the total cost.

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