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Fri, Jan 08


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Assessing, Addressing and Preventing Suicide with System Involved Youth

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Assessing, Addressing and Preventing Suicide with System Involved Youth
Assessing, Addressing and Preventing Suicide with System Involved Youth

Time & Location

Jan 08, 2021, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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. This training will teach how to identify signs of suicide risk, assess for suicide risk, intervene when there is suicide risk and prevent suicide in system involved youth. In this class, participants will have the opportunity to practice performing a suicide assessment and intervening with a suicidal client through role play and case vignettes. They will also have the opportunity to review their case load for sign and symptoms of suicide risk and will discuss intervention and prevention strategies for their cases

Learning Objectives

  • Identify at least four signs of suicide risk in foster or system-involved youth with whom they work;
  • Perform an effective suicide assessment as part of a psychosocial assessment and when a system-involved or foster youth is in crisis;
  • Explain options for addressing suicidality in different situation when working with system-involved or foster youth and their families or caregivers;
  • Utilize at least three strategies for suicide prevention.


10:00am – 10:15am Introductions and Logistics

10:15am – 10: 30am Statistics and Definitions

10:30am – 11:15am Causes of Suicide

11:15am – 11:30am BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

11:30pm – 1:00pm Identifying and Assessing for Suicide Risk

1:00pm – 1:30pm LUNCH (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

1:30pm – 3:00pm Intervening When A Client is Suicidal

3:00pm – 3:15pm BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

3:15pm – 5:00pm Suicidal Prevention

5:00pm 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 and is also the Chair of the Humanitarian Committee for the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

This course meets the qualifications for (6) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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