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Thu, Nov 16


Online Event

Addressing and Preventing Suicide with System-Involved Youth

This course with trainer Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW meets the qualifications for 6 CE hours of required training for CA BBS Registered or Licensed Professionals.

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Addressing and Preventing Suicide with System-Involved Youth
Addressing and Preventing Suicide with System-Involved Youth

Time & Location

Nov 16, 2023, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM PST

Online Event

About the Event

Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW

Training Description

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows a steady increase in suicide mortality between 1999 and 2018 with a 1% increase per year from 1999 to 2006 and 2% per year from 2006 through 2018. A recent study showed the percentage of young adults, ages 18 to 24 who have increased their likelihood of seriously considering suicide went up from 10.7% to 25.5% since the pandemic began. In this training, participants will learn how to identify signs of suicide risk, respond when there is suicide risk, and prevent suicide with system involved families and foster youth. In this training, participants will learn strategies to use with system involved youth who are suicidal through role play and case vignettes. They will also have the opportunity to determine signs of suicide risk and will discuss prevention strategies with system involved youth they currently support.

Learning Objectives

· Identify at least four signs of suicide risk within efforts to support system involved youth;

· Explain at least 2 options for addressing suicidality in different situations when supporting system involved youth and their families or caregivers;

· Acquire at least three strategies for suicide prevention.


9:30 – 9:45am  Introductions and Logistics

9:45 – 10:00am  Statistics and Definitions

10:00 – 10:15am  Theories about Suicidal Behavior

10:15- 10:30am  Protective Factors

10:30-10:45am  Vulnerable Populations

10:45 – 11:00am  BREAK (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

11:00 – 11:15am  Risk Factors

11:15 – 11:30am  Risk Factors case review exercise

11:30 – 11:45am  Warning signs

11:45am -12:00pm  Suicide assessment

12:00 – 12:15pm  Tracking information gathered

12:15 -12:30pm  Suicide assessment dyadic practice

12:30 – 1:00pm  LUNCH (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

1:00 – 1:15pm  Internet challenges

1:15 – 1:30pm  Identifying risk level

1:30 – 1:45pm  Impact of mental health treatment on attempts

1:45 – 2:00pm  Intervening with suicidal clients

2:00 – 2:15pm  Collaborative assessment and management

2:15 – 2:30pm  Safety planning

2:30 – 2:45pm  BREAK (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

2:45 – 3:00pm  Post vent Strategies with families

3:00 – 3:15pm  Specific types of strategies

3:15 – 3:30pm  How children respond to grief

3:30 – 3:45pm  Addressing grief and loss with children

3:45 – 4:00pm  Legal and Ethical Issues

4:00 – 4:15pm  Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue defined

4:15 -4:30pm  Preventing/Addressing Vicarious Trauma

4:30pm  Adjourn

Meet Our Trainer

Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW, is a clinical social worker who has worked in HMOs, public agencies, and private practice as both a mental-health provider and a supervisor for over thirty years. She has taught courses in DSM-5, clinical supervision, law and ethics, childhood psychopathology, time management, boundaries, vicarious traumatization and energy psychology at universities, conferences, and mental-health agencies. She has a private psychotherapy practice, which has been exclusively been online since 2020 and is also the recent past chair of the Humanitarian Committee for the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

This course meets the qualifications for (6.0) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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