Treatment of Suicidality: Removing Shame & Blame, the Foundation of Recovery

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

Often we think if one of our clients reveals suicidality, we need to consider referring them out to a specialist or a psychiatrist.  However, many psychiatrists only "treat" suicidality pharmacologically.  One psychologist noted, "I don't let my patients talk about that.  It encourages suicide."  If we want to prevent suicide, we must learn more than just how to assess it-we must learn to confidently treat it. 

We have created a full day training on how to treat Suidality.  Become confident that you can effectively treat this population by attending this learning experience taught by therapist Randi Jensen, who has specialized in treating suicidality successfully for three decades.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the psychological underpinnings of suicidal thoughts.
  •  Learn how to discover the precipitants of suicidality and how to deal with them.
  • Discover how to find individual motivations for living and how to promote them.
  • Learn how to talk to patients about suicidal thoughts in a way that removes shame and blame.
  • Help patients trust their innate warning systems and be vigilant in identifying and dealing with toxicity in their lives.
  • Develop skills in Motivational Interviewing, evidence based techniques in resolving the ambivalence between living and dying.
  • Learn 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.

This course includes a manual, illustrative book, and instructional pamphlets to aid in your ongoing learning experience after you've left the classroom.  Prevention is vastly important, but treatment instruction is sadly missing due to time constraints in the coursed provided under the Department of Health requirements. You will find what you've been looking for in this class-how you can actively aid your clients in their ongoing recovery from suicidality using clearly purposeful treatment plans.  Learn how to employ these valuable tenets of recovery based on this instructor's years of successful implementation.  This course will build a new understanding and a new sense of confidence in your treatment of suicidality.

It is not necessary to have taken the Cascadia "Youth and Adult: Recognition, Assessment and Treatment of Suicidality" prior to this workshop.  This course is not suitable for treating those suffering from a major psychotic disorder where the patient is unable to cogitate, has disordered thinking or cannot make changes according to a specific plan.  This is usually a situation requiring a psychiatrist's manipulations of psychopharmacological interventions along with stringent behavioral oversight.


Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 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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