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Treatment for Chronic Suicidality: Building Confidence Saving Lives
Presented and developed by Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC
Often we think when a patient reveals suicidality it’s necessary to refer out to a specialist or a psychiatrist. However, many psychiatrists “treat” suicidality only pharmacologically. One psychologist noted, “I don’t let my patients talk about that. It’s best not to.” If we want to prevent suicide, we must learn more than just how to assess it – we must learn how to confidently talk about it with our patients and wisely and adeptly offer empowering treatment.
This workshop offers two full days on how to treat suicidality by one of the foremost educators on suicide. Therapist Randi Jensen has specialized for decades in successfully treating suicidality as well as teaching various courses on suicide.
Learning Objectives for this training are:
- Understand the psychological underpinnings of suicidal thought and its progression as a coping mechanism
- Learn how to discover the precipitants of chronic suicidality and how to deal with them
- Discover an individual’s true motivations for living and how to promote them
- Help patients trust their innate warning system and be vigilant about identifying and dealing with toxicity in their lives
- Develop skill in Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based technique which resolves the ambivalence between living and dying
- Learn how to build a specifically educated, trained, and goal-directed support team as an evidence-based recovery tool
After completing necessary classroom instruction and completing an evaluation, you will receive your Certificate of Completion for 12 CE Hours.
Prevention is vastly important but actual treatment instruction is sadly missing today. In this course, you’ll discover how you can actively aid your patients in their ongoing recovery from suicidality using clearly purposed motivational strategies. Learn how to structure evidence-based social support employing the missing element of reciprocity. Build a team of educated supporters for your patient so no longer will s/he have the onerous responsibility of reaching out. This course will build a new understanding and a new confidence in your treatment of suicidality. Though the focus is on chronic suicidality, much of this course could be employed when treating situational suicidality. However, this course is not suitable for treatment of those suffering from a major psychotic disorder where the patient is unable to cogitate, has disordered thinking or cannot make behavior changes according to a specific plan. This is usually a situation requiring a psychiatrist’s stringent behavioral oversight.
This course is NOT the DOH required Suicidality course. That course by R Jensen is WA DOH Qualified program #TRNG.TG.60771836-SUIC entitled, “Youth and Adult Suicide: Recognition, Assessment, and Treatment”.
Continuing Education (CE) Information
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.