Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk

Friday, Oct. 29, 2021
8:30 a.m. – Login
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Webinar Description

After hearing a person’s tragic story and subsequent attempt to kill himself, author Paul G. Quinnett in his book Counseling Suicidal People, A Therapy of Hope, stated he remembered thinking “My God! This man needs professional help!” “But of course, I was the professional” (Quinnett 5). As mental health clinicians, many of us have been there or fear being there one day. It is not a matter of if but when this will happen to us. We are the ones who assist those in despair. We used to have the relative safety net of hospitalizing someone; but that reliance, along with other means, has changed dramatically based on changes in our profession, society, economics and legal implications. Do you have all you need to sit with someone at risk and provide a thorough assessment? And once assessed, do you have a clear plan of next steps and treatment? This live, synchronously delivered webinar will:

  • Provide a brief overview of current (2015-2020) research and statistics related to suicide assessment and prevention
  • Discuss the impact of our attitudes and values as mental health clinicians in the process of suicide assessment and prevention
  • Present risk and supportive factors (including culture)
  • Provide an example for how to conduct a thorough suicide assessment based on current research
  • Provide understanding of how outpatient psychotherapists interact with other healthcare personnel in addressing imminent risk for suicide completion, including proper use of the 1013 procedure

Webinar Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate the importance of conducting a thorough and culturally sensitive suicide assessment and ongoing management of suicidal risk
  2. Demonstrate completion of a thorough suicide assessment
  3. Identify types of interventions for managing risk for suicide in an outpatient psychotherapeutic setting and the changing role of mental health clinicians in this process

Webinar Schedule

Time Activity Description
9 a.m.
Login Login at least 15 minutes prior to webinar start time.
9:45 a.m.
Training (.75 hours) – Understanding suicide, importance of risk assessment and treatment and our changing role in this process.
10:30 a.m.
Training (.75 hours) – Risk and Safety Factors.
10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.-
12 p.m.
Training (1.25 hours) – Conducting a thorough risk assessment.
1 p.m.
Lunch (1 hour)
2:15 p.m.
Training (1.25 hours) – Clinical management of risk.
2:30 p.m.
3:15 p.m.
Training (.75 hours) – Managing risk (cont.), including 1013
3:15-3:30 p.m. Training (.25 hours) – Wrap up, questions and evaluations

CE Approval

NBCC Approval Statement

Grow Deep Counseling, LLC has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7028. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Grow Deep Counseling, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of this program. This workshop offers 5 NBCC clock hours. (Note: NBCC approved hours are “core” hours toward license renewal for LPCs and “related” hours toward license renewal for SWs and MFTs.)

APA Approval Statement

Center Point, GA Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center Point maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 5 hours of credit for psychologists is awarded for this CE program.

Presenter Bio

Kristin Ryan

Kristin Ryan, M.S., L.P.C., CPCS, NCC is a passionate, skilled licensed counselor, counselor educator, and clinical supervisor as well as an engaging speaker/trainer with over 25 years of experience. As a speaker, Kristin draws from her extensive counseling experience and expertise to deliver engaging workshops to a variety of audiences from small groups to large public and private institutions, churches, agencies, and practices both in person and online. With a gift for growing and mentoring people, Kristin delivers practical workshops and trainings in an engaging style where audiences learn applicable tools and concepts for enhanced personal knowledge and professional practice.

Currently, Kristin is the owner of Grow Deep Counseling in Cumming, Georgia where she sees clients and provides clinical supervision, CE workshops, training & consultation. Some areas of focus include clinical supervision; ethics and professional development and issues such as professional identity, wellness, boundaries, understanding clinical skills and process, and managing value conflicts; suicide prevention; empathy; and understanding & working with mental illness.

In addition, Kristin was an adjunct faculty at Argosy University in the masters of community counseling program from 2003- 2019.

Current professional memberships include: American Counseling Association (ACA); Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES); Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCAGa); American Association for Christian Counselors (AACC); Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA)

Registration Fees

  • All Current Brenau Graduate and Undergraduate Students — $25
  • Brenau MS Clinical Counseling Program Alum — $75
  • Graduate Students from other Universities — $75
  • Brenau Faculty and Adjuncts — $75
  • Center Point Clinicians and Staff — $75
  • Community Professionals — $125
  • Friend/Other — $125

** You will receive a confirmation email with a webinar Zoom meeting link and payment total. Contact Dr. Tim Bryant at if you do not receive this confirmation.

Cancellation Policy

A 30% cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to Oct. 8, 2021. No refunds will be given after Oct. 8, 2021.

Please feel free to forward this webinar information to other professionals.

Important Messages for Brenau Clinical Counseling Graduate Students ONLY: You will receive five Professional Development activity credits by attending. You are encouraged to sign up early to reserve your spot for this professional development event. HOWEVER, if you decide at any time that you cannot attend this event, you MUST cancel your reservation. Otherwise, you will not be invited to the next two professional development events hosted by Brenau, and you will not receive Professional Development credits even if you do attend those events.

Presented By

Center for Lifetime Study and the Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling, in partnership with Center Point, present this continuing education training event.

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Webinar Sponsor

This training event is sponsored by Foothills Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

Foothills AHEC supports the recruitment, training, and retention of a diverse health professions workforce throughout Northeast Georgia. For more information on our mission and programs, please visit their website.

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