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Facing Suicide: Assessment, Prevention & Intervention w/ the Suicidal Client
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When: 10/15/2016
8:30 AM - 4 PM
Where: Quest Conference Center (614.540.5540)
8405 Pulsar Place
Colmbus, Ohio  43240
United States
Presenter: Josephine Ridley, PhD
Contact: Karen Hardin

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6 CE - Ethics for psychologists 
6 CE - Counselors and Social Workers

Registration Opens at 8 AM - Workshop begins at 8:30 AM
Snacks and lunch included

Cost: $150 OPA Members; $180 Non-OPA Members; $100 Students

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Suicidal crises occur without discrimination across age, race, ethnic, gender, education, and economic groups. Many clinicians feel ill-prepared to confidently address suicide risk. Assessing and intervening becomes more harrowing when we are not aware of cultural differences in risk and protective factors. Workshop attendees will become familiar with suicide statistics, epidemiology, suicide risk and protective factors across diverse age, ethnic, and cultural groups. Attendees will increase in skill in assessing suicide risk and eliciting suicidal ideation from individuals who are reluctant to disclose, and will be able to identify practical strategies for the prevention and management of suicidal behavior.

Learning Objectives – Participants will:

  • Become familiar with suicide statistics and how to use these stats in assessment and practice.
  • Identify suicide risk and protective factors across diverse age, ethnic, and cultural groups.
  • Understand the Suicidal Mind and Phenomenology of Suicide
  • Improve skill in assessing suicide risk and eliciting suicidal ideation from individuals who are reluctant to disclose, and improve documentation of risk, decision making and intervention to aid in treatment planning.
  • Become familiar with empirically supported therapies and approaches for reducing suicide risk and be able to identify therapeutic strategies for the prevention and management of suicidal behavior.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Josephine Ridley is a clinical psychologist, Program Manager of a Partial Hospitalization Program for the seriously mentally ill at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at Case Western Reserve University, Program Director for the Cleveland VA’s Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency, and in private practice treating adolescents, adults and geriatric clients. She is published in the areas of anxiety and depression and conducts research on depression and suicide. She is a member of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Advisory Committee and is a Suicide Prevention Resource Center Master Trainer for the Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Workshop.


Three Key Literary References:

  • Stanley & Brown (2012). Safety Planning Intervention: A Brief Intervention to Mitigate Suicide Risk, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 19 (2012) 256264.
    Cavanagh, J.T., Carson, A.J., Sharpe, M., Lawrie, S.M. (2003). Psychological autopsy studies of suicide: A systematic review. Psychological Medicine, 33,395–405. doi:10.1017/S0033291702006943 O’Connor, R. C., Smyth, R.,
  • Ferguson, E., Ryan, C., & Williams, J. G. (2013). Psychological processes and repeat suicidal behavior: A fouryear prospective study. Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology, 81(6), 11371143. doi:10.1037/a0033751 Berk
  • MS, Henriques GR, Warman DM, Brown GK, Beck AT. A cognitive therapy intervention for suicide attempters: an overview of the treatment and case examples. Cogn Behav Pract. 2004;11:265Y277. Kaplan et al.2012, Vol 102, No. S1 | American Journal of Public Health

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Questions? Call OPA at 614.224.0034

The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists: OPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

Disclaimers/Cancellation and Refund Policy: Attendees needing to cancel must do so in writing before 7 business days prior to the event and will be subject to a $30 service charge. ALL CANCELLATIONS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THIS SERVICE CHARGE. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 8 days prior to the event. The planners and sponsors of this event are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, they are not responsible for changes, additions or deletions to the services, but will work toward accommodating the needs of the attendees.

Conflict of Interest Statement: As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education as is consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Information regarding financial support, in-kind support or possible conflicts of interest will be included in promotional materials and can be accessed by contacting the Ohio Psychological Association Central Office. 
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Continuing Education Credit Policies: Those individuals wanting CE credits must sign and complete the Workshop Evaluation Form and return the form to OPA at the end of each workshop as instructed. OPA guidelines state that a participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early to receive credit for a program. No partial credit will be given. The workshop planners will make every effort to ensure that each workshop begins and ends promptly at its designated time.
Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers and Counselors:  The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.