Suicide: Recognition, Assessment & Treatment-Two Day Intensive

Presented and developed by Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC

Often we think that if one of our clients reveals suicidality, we need to consider referring out to a specialist or a psychiatrist. However, many psychiatrists no longer “treat” suicidality in any other way than pharmacologically.  One psychologist noted, “I don’t let my patients talk about that. It encourages suicide.” If we as mental health practitioners want to begin to end suicide, we must learn more than just how to recognize and assess it – we must learn how to confidently treat it.

Coming for you May, 2017, a two day intensive on how to treat suicidality. Become confident that you can effectively treat this population by attending this two day learning experience given by therapist Randi Jensen, who has specialized in treating suicidality successfully for three decades.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the psychological underpinnings of suicidal thought – different theories of suicidality, including the psychobiology of suicide
  • Learning how to discover the precipitants of suicidality and how to deal with them
  • Discovering how to find individual motivations for living and how to promote them
  • How to talk to patients about suicidal thoughts in a way that empowers them to understand it in a new and different way – a way that they can resist the need to act on it and instead take proactive steps to preserve their lives
  • Learning the true meanings of metaphorical manifestations of suicidal thought
  • Helping patients understand why they don’t trust themselves and their own perceptions and how to turn that around
  • Helping patients be vigilant about identifying and dealing with the toxicity in their lives and trusting in their innate warning system
  • Developing skill in Motivational Interviewing, evidence-based techniques in resolving the ambivalence between living and dying
  • Building confidence in your patient’s own sense of self and competence
  • Learning how to build a specifically educated, trained, and goal-directed support team and when to offer it as an aid to life-saving daily living and problem solving
  • How to retrain the brain to focus on the positive while understanding and not self-blaming for a natural proclivity for negativity

This training includes all the material and is an expanded version of the one day 6 CEU training listed on the WA DoH website.

It will build a new understanding and a new sense of confidence in your treatment of suicidality.


Continuing Education (CE) Information

12 CEs

Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC

Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington and began her career in social service as a Resource and Education Counselor working with the seriously mental ill.

Randi obtained a Washington State Certification in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Chemical Dependency Professional Certification.  She then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Counseling from Antioch University, Seattle.  

In 2010 through 2013, Randi was the Director of The Soldiers Project Washington, a non-profit organization providing no cost, no report mental health counseling to current and former military members, their families and concerned others.  

In addition to specializing in treatment of suicidality, Randi provides counseling to those dealing with substance abuse, gambling and military trauma.

Randi also provides trainings for Washington State Behavioral Health Conference, Evergreen Council on Program Gambling, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, various employment assistance programs, and individual health agencies.  Randi also specializes in developing Suicide Prevention Programs for Native American communities as well as various youth mental health programs.

Ms Jensen is the author of Just Because You're Suicidal Doesn't Mean You're Crazy: The Psychobiology of Suicide, a book about overcoming chronic suicidality through peer support.  She is currently writing her second book called, How to Talk to Kids about Suicide: A book for all ages" as well as collecting stories of triumph for her book, "Just Because I Tried to Kill Myself Doesn't Mean I want to Die: Lessons Learned in Recovery from Suicidality. 

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