Youth and Adult Suicide: Recognition, Assessment and Treatment of Suicidality

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

*This workshop meets the Washington State suicide assessment requirements for re-licensure. 

Historically mental health treatment for suicidal individuals has involved extensive psychopharmacology, repeated cognitive behavioral self-esteem and stress reduction exercises, or deep therapy into family of origin issues, all proven to be ineffective in long term prevention of suicide.

According to the World Health Organization (2009), there has been a 60 percent increase in the worldwide suicide rates in the last 45 years, with 1 million suicides worldwide each year, relating to someone dying by suicide every 40 second.  Twenty-two US military veterans kill themselves every single day.  

This workshop presents original concepts in the development of suicidality as an ingenious coping mechanism which develops over time.  The brain's neuroplasticity forms neural pathways which underpin the reinforcing suicidal thought pattern.  Brain retraining provides formation of new healthful neural pathways.  The healing process is directed, encouraged and supported through a specifically designed peer protocol based on existing evidence-based social support.

Research shows that the first suicide attempt is often the first time anyone intervenes.  However, it is never the first time the danger has been known.  Love ones just don't know what to do.  They take the suicidal individual to a hospital or professional where the treatment protocol has not changed for decades.   When the suicidal individual comes home after the attempt, family and friends just don't know how to help prevent the next one.

The Jensen Suicide Peer Protocol (JSP3), based on evidence-based principles, is a prescribed method for the family members and concerned others to take an active part in the recovery of their loved one.  Randi has used this method for decades and has saved lives.  

Workshop objectives:

  • Describe the extent of suicide in the general and special populations, including children, adolescents and military
  • Distinguish what suicidality is and the difference between self-harm and suicidality 
  • Explain the psychobiology of suicidality and its progression
  • Articulate warning signs and symptoms using a simple and effective suicide assessment tool
  • Express and practice Motivational Interviewing techniques used in counseling suicidal individuals
  • Explain a life-saving peer support protocol and how to implement it
  • Describe ethical considerations, documentation and confidentiality issues.

Randi consistently receives excellent evaluations.  Below are a couple comments lifted directly from those evalations or e-mailed to us after the fact.

Quote Emailed to Cascadia from attendee of June 26, 2015 class in Shoreline: "I took a different class a few months back.  It was so heavy with content and so focused on how to cross every "T" and dot every "I" that I actually left more anxious about treating suicidal clients then before.  Randi's class gave me a broader understanding in general, as well as a way to connect the clinical skills I already have to the treatment of these clients."

Quote from attendee of evaluation January 16, 2014 class in Tacoma/Lakewood: "Ms Jensen is an extremely competent clinician and presenter.  Over my 30+ career in mental health work, this is one of the very best I have attended.  Thank you Cascadia Training, LLC"

Quote from attendee evaluation of the April 18, 2014 class:  "Most impactful continuing education class I've ever taken!"
*This course is approved for 6 CE’s for LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs and all associate level licensees. This 6 hour workshop has been approved by the Washington State Department of Health for its 2017 Model List, and satisfies continuing education requirements set  by the Department of Health related to suicide assessment, management, and treatment.

Additional Material

Watch Randi speak about suicidality

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Cascadia Training is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Cascadia is also approved by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State approved clock hour offering workshop."

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. 

Upcoming Dates and Registration

Date: Friday, December 7th, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $160.00 USD

Campus: Nile Event Center, Nile Golf Course, Mount Lake Terrace, WA
Room:     Red Room
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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