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Counselors, coaches and sober companions help hundreds of thousands of people affected by Addictions and Mental Health issues each year. Learn about the current research and practical counseling tools to improve your skills and provide the best possible services. Counselor Toolbox targets counselors, coaches and companions, but can also provide useful counseling self-help tools for persons struggling with these issues and their loved ones. AllCEUs is an approved counseling continuing education provider for addiction and mental health counselors in most states. Counseling CEUs are available for each episode.
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215 -10 Risk Factors, Warning Signs and Protective Factors for Suicidality
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Live 10 Risk Factors, Warning Signs and Points to Remember About Suicidality
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC
Executive Director AllCEUs.com
Podcast Host: Counselor Toolbox
~ Identify general practice points to consider about suicidality
~ Explore/review risk and protective factors for suicidality
~Discuss ways to reduce risk and enhance protective factors
~ Identify suicide warning signs IS PATH WARMED
~ Learn the SPLASH acronym for suicide screening
General Practice Points
• Clients should be screened for suicidal thoughts and behaviors routinely at intake and at specific points in the course of treatment
• Screening for clients with high risk factors should occur regularly throughout treatment. (preferably at each episode)
• Counselors should be prepared to develop and implement a treatment plan to address suicidality and coordinate the plan with other providers.
• If a referral is made, counselors should check that referral appointments are kept and continue to monitor clients after crises have passed, through ongoing coordination with mental health providers and other practitioners, family members, and community resources, as appropriate.
• Counselors should acquire basic knowledge about the role of warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors as they relate to suicide risk.
• Counselors should be empathic and nonjudgmental with people who experience suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
• Counselors should understand the impact of their own attitudes and experiences with suicidality on their counseling work with clients.
• Counselors should understand the ethical and legal principles and potential areas of conflict that exist in working with clients who have suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
• Suicide risk may increase at transition points in care), especially when a planned transition breaks down. Anticipating risk at such transition points should be regarded as an issue in treatment planning.
• Suicide risk may increase when a client is terminated administratively (e.g., because of poor attendance, chronic substance use) or is refused care.
~ It is unethical to discharge a client and/or refuse care to someone who is suicidal without making appropriate alternative arrangements for treatment to address suicide risk.
• Suicide ris
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