Suicide and Youth: Understanding, Safety Planning, and Decreasing Future Suicidal Ideation with System involved Youth
Time & Location
About the Event
Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW
Come to this training on understanding suicidal ideation with system involved youth. This is going to be a training within the context of family because we need the larger team to keep system involved youth safe. We are going to talk about why youth might choose suicide, things to look for, how we talk about it, and ways to keep system involved youth safe! However, once youth are safe, our focus will shift to how do we keep them alive and having a future outlook that does not include seeing suicide as a viable option for managing their pain. Additionally, we are going to be learning about the pandemic as it relates to suicide.
- Describe and understand what suicidal ideation (SI) represents and how to explore and assess it with system involved youth
- Learn about the pandemic’s impact on suicide
- Identify what signs look like, some strategies for keeping system involved youth safe in the moment.
- Apply our understanding of what SI means to ways that we can work with youth and their families in our systems of care in an effort to decrease the chances that this SI will continue to feel like an option in the future.
9:30am-9:45am Sign In, introductions, and Zoom features
9:45am -10:00am Suicide myths including an overview of the issue.
10:00am -10:30am The impact of the pandemic on suicidality
10:30am -11:00am Brainstorming of attachment ruptures in System-involved youth
11:00am-11:15am Group work on Assessing the problem: how do we talk about it?
11:15am-11:30am Break (CEUs will not be issued for this time)
11:30am-12:00pm Review of risk factors and protective factors!
12:00pm-12:30pm Culture and Suicidality: what does it mean?
12:30pm-12:45pm The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: understanding how this works!
12:45pm-1:15pm Lunch (CEUs will not be issued for this time)
1:15pm-1:45pm Group work: Debriefing and consolidating the concepts of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide
1:45pm-2:30pm Immediate Safety: Strategies and interventions to prevent suicide now!
2:30pm-3:00pm Why do they want to kill themselves and who do they turn to?
3:00pm-3:30pm Diagnosing the pain!
3:30pm-3:45pm PITH and healing: Going deeper than coping skills can handle when pain is this big – healing the pain instead of pushing it down for it to come up again in the future.
3:45pm-4:00pm Group work: Debriefing PITH, deep healing, and the importance of empathy for caregivers as a way of preventing future attempts.
4:00pm-4:15pm Facilitative questions to start to allow family members to talk about the pain that can lead to suicide ideation/attempts/completions.
4:15pm-4:30pm Check-out and ADJOURNMENT
Meet Our Trainer
Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW, is a clinical psychologist and clinical social worker, whose specialty area is working with youth and their families. Dr. Parkinson has spent most of her career working with system involved youth in our Continuum of Care (foster care, juvenile justice, mental health and the kids struggling in our school systems). She is a certified PCOMS evidence-based practice trainer. Pamela currently works as a child/family consultant to CBO’s in the Bay Area and has worked in level 14 residential, NPS, hospitals, and a variety of community-based settings including outpatient clinics, schools, diversion, kinship, etc.
This course meets the qualifications for (6.25) 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.