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Working with Suicidal Clients: Legal, Ethical, and Practical Issues

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This three-hour workshop addresses a variety of legal, ethical, and practical issues that therapists are likely to encounter when working with clients who are at risk of suicide. The course includes a two-hour lecture by CAMFT attorney Mike Griffin and, a one–hour joint discussion of case vignettes by Mr. Griffin and Bindu Khurana-Brown, LMFT
This course may be applied to the required six hours of applied coursework or experience under supervision in suicide risk assessment and intervention, required by Bus. & Prof. Code, §4980.396 for renewals occurring on or after January 1, 2011.

Topics to be discussed include:
  • The incidence of suicide: statistical and demographic data
  • Avoiding liability: negligence and standard of care
  • Empirically based assessment: “risk factors and “protective factors”
  • Implications for treatment: “reasonable and appropriate preventive measures”
  • Evidence based suicide prevention: The “Zero Suicide Model”
  • Relevant exceptions to confidentiality: (Permitted disclosures)
  • Relevant ethical standards
  • Documentation Issues
  • Youth suicide (incidence, demographic data, risk factors and protective factors)
  • Resources for clinicians

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