Making Effective Mental Status Exams and Suicide Assessments

 Making Effective Mental Status Exams and Suicide Assessments

Live Seminar:


  • DS 18 Making Effective Mental Status Exams and Suicide Assessments
  • Author: Patrick DeChello Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Home study Courses:

  • 7.0 CE Contact Hours
  • 3.0 CE Contact Hours


The purpose of this workshop is to provide clinicians with the necessary tools to perform accurate and effective mental status examinations and suicide assessments. These assessments will lead to accurate diagnosis and therefore effective treatment planning. A thorough review of four major mental status assessment methods - Observation, Conversation, Exploration and Testing will provide clinicians with the knowledge necessary to perform these assessments accurately and effectively. In addition, clinicians will be given several suicide assessment methods and de-escalation techniques including interviewing techniques, approaches and protocols for use in their practice. These will heighten the clinician's awareness of suicide risk susceptibility.

Course Objectives

1. Learn 4 methods to assess mental status

2. Be able to conduct a formal suicide assessment

3. Become familiar with statutory reporting obligations and the "Duty to Warn

and Protect."

4. Understand the "tie-in" between the mental status exam, diagnosis and

treatment plan.

5. Be able to conduct a mental status or suicide exam and analyze the findings

6. Learn when to or not to use safety contracts with clients

7. Be able to distinguish between 5 separate levels of suicidality

8. Identify the use of support systems with the suicidal client.

9. Understand the importance of clinical supervision and consultation in the

clinical crisis situation.

10. Learn at least 3 different basic interviewing techniques for suicide


11. Learn to frame an assessment approach to get valid and reliable data from

the client.

12. Examine the relevance of culture in the clinical assessment and treatment


13. Self-Mutilation and its correlation with suicide/homicide will be examined.

14. Special emphasis on children, adolescents and geriatric populations will

heighten awareness of specific relevant issues.

15. Clinicians will examine and become sensitive to how they sometimes may

enable the very behaviors they are attempting to treat.

16. Clinicians will review the role of medication in suicidal behavior. 

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Meet Dr. DeChello

Patrick L. DeChello PhD.,LCSW, RPH is an internationally recognized clinical social worker, doctor of clinical psychology, hypnotherapist and chemical dependence specialist with over 25 years of experience.

He is the author of over 28 books and numerous articles in the mental health and chemical dependency fields.

Dr. DeChello has been on the faculty of many universities such as Yale University, New Hampshire College, the Springfield College Schools of Social Work and Social Services, Fordham University and many others.

He is highly sought after for his vast experience in areas such as suicide, pharmacology, clinical supervision, research, hospital administration, agency accreditation and domestic violence.

Dr DeChello has consulted to Parliament in the United Kingdom, Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, school systems, insurance companies, private practitioners and government agencies throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.