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Suicide: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know

This is an archived eCourse. Once you purchase the course, you will have access to all lessons and materials.

Suicide- What Mental Health Professionals need to know

Worldwide, more people die by suicide than from all homicides and wars combined. As mental health professionals, we must be educated on how to better understand, assess and treat suicidal individuals.

−Dr. Lisa Firestone

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  • In this eCourse, Dr. Lisa Firestone provides in-depth understanding of the dynamics in suicide and effective treatment methods that can help save lives.

    Worldwide, more people die by suicide than from all homicides and wars combined. For those in the mental health community, suicide is not a rare occurrence but the most frequent psychological emergency we face and a tragic occupational hazard. Half of people who die by suicide have seen a mental health professional at some point. Most practicing psychotherapists see five suicidal clients a month, while one in four therapists will lose a client to suicide. After experiencing this loss themselves, 25 percent of families will sue a mental health provider.

    Most therapists have not received adequate training in dealing with a suicidal client. They have been provided with limited or outdated information that no longer meets the standard of care. The good news is that in the past 10 years, there has been a wealth of insightful and essential research and data revealing what works and what doesn’t when it comes to preventing suicide. With suicide on the rise in the United States, there is no more essential time for all therapists to learn the tools and techniques that can save a life. This online course provides detailed, up-to-date information on the standard of care and best practices to protect your clients as well as yourself.

    In this eCourse, you will learn how to conduct accurate assessment and provide state-of-the-art clinical care and treatment that is effective, legal and ethical.  Expert Suicidologist,  Dr. Lisa Firestone will provide an in-depth understanding of the dynamics in suicide and case management issues when dealing with suicidal clients. She will outline the most up-to-date and effective treatment methods and provide training that can help save lives. Earn your CE’s easily online, while being provided with an education that can prevent the tragedy of another life lost to suicide.

    This eCourse was adapted from a live presentation. All course materials have been archived for you to access online anytime, so you can go at your own pace.The eCourse includes 3.5 hours of video and a supplementary article. 

    6This  eCourse will:

    • Provide the latest findings on warning signs and risk factors for suicide.
    • Offer a conceptual model and a developmental perspective on the dynamics underlying suicide.
    • Explore the internal struggle the ambivalence of suicide through expert interviews and insight provided by three survivors of very lethal suicide attempts.
    • Address both objective assessment and the formation of clinical judgment.
    • Inform participants about recent research on empirically validated treatment approaches.
    • Provide participants with state of the art crisis management strategies and opportunities to practice them.

    Course Outline:

    1.  Introduction
    52.  Theory
    3.  Development of Risk
    4.  How Suicide Occurs
    5.  Assessment
    6.  Risk Factors
    7.  Safety Planning
    8.  Practice Recommendations
    9.  Brief Interventions
    10. Effective Treatment
    11. Conclusion and Resources

    3CE Information:

    You have the option to purchase 5 CE credits for this eCourse. The CEs are available through our CE provider, R. Cassidy Seminars, for an additional $15.
    To purchase 5 CEs credits CLICK HERE.
    To learn more about the Continuing Education credits we offer CLICK HERE


  • Lisa_FirestoneDr. Lisa Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships(APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002),Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003) and The Self Under Siege (Routledge, 2012).


  • Do I have to attend the eCourse at certain times? Are the presentations live?

    This is an archived eCourse, so all of the lessons and materials are available for you to view (or review) at your convenience. You can log on anytime you choose and watch the presentations at the times that are the best for you. 

    Is there an interactive element to the course? Can you interact with classmates and the teacher?

    This eCourse is not interactive. However, if you have questions, you can send them to [email protected] 

    Are Continuing Education credits (CEs) offered for this course?

    Yes. There are 5 CE credits offered for this course through our CE provider, R. Cassidy Seminars. These CEs are available for an additional $15. 
    To purchase 5 CEs credits CLICK HERE.
    To learn more about the Continuing Education credits we offer CLICK HERE

    I am having trouble accessing my course. What should I do?

    Email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to help you. 

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