Go Beyond with Smith SSW Professional Education
Suicide in Children and Adolescents: Bridging Evidence-Based Strategies and Clinical Practice
VIRTUAL SEMINAR | June 24, 2021, 1 - 4:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Jill Donelan, Psy.D.
CEs: 3 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee
Suicidal thoughts and behaviors have been increasing among children and adolescents in the United States over the past decade, and social workers are routinely faced with the challenge of assessing and managing this risk. This workshop will increase participants’ competencies for understanding, assessing and managing suicide risk in children and adolescents utilizing evidence-based strategies that are applicable in real-world clinical practice settings. Participants will learn about and gain hands-on experience with a flexible, evidence-based tool for suicide assessment, the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), and an evidence-based strategy for suicide risk management, the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI). Participants will also:
- Review current research related to suicidal thoughts and behavior in youth, including examination of risk and protective factors in the context of an individual’s cultural background and diverse identities.
- Increase professional self-awareness and explore vicarious traumatization as it pertains to working with high risk youth and families.
- Discuss strategies for assessing and responding to suicide risk in a developmentally appropriate manner, as well as ways to address common concerns regarding suicide assessment for youth.
- Identify developmentally appropriate adaptations of this intervention, and considerations for application across clinical settings.
Social workers and other social service providers
Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :
Live interactive webinar with discussion. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.
Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software.
Registration Fees and Deadlines:
Early registration by April 5, 2021: $65
Regular registration by June 22, 2021: $75
CEs: 3 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee
- Describe a rationale for having a common language/vocabulary for talking about suicide.
- List risk and protective factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
- Demonstrate how to ask questions about suicide risk in a developmentally appropriate, compassionate manner.
- Articulate how decision making may be strengthened through use of the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale.
- Identify the research-supported suicide prevention strategies underpinning the efficacy of the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI).
- Explain how to engage youth and families utilizing the Safety Planning Intervention.
- 1 - 2 p.m. ET: Pediatric Suicide 101 (1 hour): This module of the workshop will cover basics related to suicide in youth and adolescents. Current research related to suicidal thoughts and behavior in youth will be reviewed, including examination of youth and protective factors in the context of an individual’s cultural background and diverse identities. Professional self-awareness and self-care as it pertains to working with high risk youth and families will be discussed.
- 2 - 2:30 p.m. ET: Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS): An Evidence-Based, Flexible Approach to Assessing Suicide Risk: This module will include didactic information and hands-on practice with a flexible, evidence-based tool for suicide screening and assessment, the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). Strategies for assessing suicide in a developmentally appropriate manner will be reviewed, as well as ways to address common concerns regarding suicide assessment for youth.
- 2:30 - 2:40 p.m. ET: Break
- 2:40 - 3:10 p.m. ET: Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) Continued
- 3:10 - 4:15 p.m. ET: Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) to Decrease Suicide Risk: This module will introduce an evidence-based, brief strategy to reduce suicide risk, the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI). Rationale for this intervention as well as research supporting the effective components of this intervention will be reviewed and participants will gain hands-on experience utilizing this intervention. Developmentally-appropriate adaptations of this intervention will be discussed, and considerations for application in various clinical and non-clinical settings will be explored.
About the Instructor:Jill Donelan is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. She is assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School at Baystate, clinical supervisor for the Child Partial Hospitalization Program at Baystate Children’s Hospital in MA, and adjunct professor in graduate psychology at Bay Path University. Donelan has over a decade of experience providing psychological services, supervision, training and program development and evaluation. Her areas of expertise include working with interdisciplinary teams to implement evidence-based, culturally sensitive clinical practices. In addition, Donelan leads Baystate Medical Center’s implementation of evidence-based practices for suicide assessment and risk management across hospital departments including behavioral health, psychiatry, emergency medicine, primary care and inpatient medicine.
Virtual Seminars (referred to as live interactive webinars by ASWB) are live, synchronous, online courses held in Zoom meetings. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the virtual seminar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the virtual seminar. For virtual seminars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom, students are engaged throughout the online class utilizing their camera and/or microphone and participants must complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.
How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?
Upon completing the evaluation for the virtual seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate within 30 days of seminar completion. Participants should save and/or print the certificate upon receipt for their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.
Continuing Education Credits and Approvals
Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below. It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.
- The Smith College School for Social Work, provider #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2020-11/19-2021. Social workers completing this course receive 3 continuing education credits.
- The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.
- Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.