409 – Fostering Hope in Suicidal Clients


Fostering Hope in Suicidal Clients

Evidence-Based Techniques Beyond Safety and Survival

When your client expresses a desire to die, it’s not enough to assess suicide risk and make a safety plan. You also need to help the person want to live. How can you facilitate such a critical shift amid feelings of dangerous despair? Drawing from evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavior, mindfulness, and acceptance therapies, this workshop will cover techniques for generating hope, healing, and reasons for living. You’ll explore how to:

  • Apply specific strategies to inspire hope and problem-solving in the suicidal person
  • Use techniques from evidence-based therapies to help clients challenge suicidal thoughts
  • Help clients relate differently, via acceptance and observation, to their suicidal thoughts

Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, is an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and a psychotherapist in private practice. She’s the author of Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals and created the website Speaking of Suicide.