V213 A Strengths-Based Approach to Suicidality

Crucial Strategies to Integrate in Your Practice

Most therapists agree: no clinical tasks are more stressful than suicide assessment and treatment planning. When working with people who are suicidal, it’s all-too-easy for clinicians to overfocus on psychopathology and experience feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. However, framing suicidal ideation as an unparalleled opportunity to help alleviate your client’s deep psychological pain, and embracing a strengths-based orientation, you can relieve some of your own anxiety. In this practice-oriented workshop, you’ll discover:  

  • How strengths-based principles can work in concert with traditional suicide-assessment competencies 
  • The limits of traditional suicide risk-factor assessment and the benefits of therapist-client collaboration with three specific therapeutic assessment strategies 
  • Emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual suicide drivers and corresponding treatment interventions  
  • Wellness and mood management, evidence-based, positive psychology interventions you can use with your clients and with yourself  

John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, professor of counseling at the University of Montana, and author of nine books and over 100 professional articles. 


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