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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION, SUMMARY AND OUTLINE
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.
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
4. Understand the "tie-in" between the mental status exam, diagnosis and
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
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.