Full Course Description

Session 01: The Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (BCBT) Model

 Suicide treatment expert Craig J. Bryan shares insight into the innovative, brief cognitive-behavioral therapy for suicide prevention (BCBT) treatment approach, one of the few treatment methods specifically designed to reduce suicide risk.

Program Information


  1. Analyze the Suicidal Mode and explore the ways in which it provides a map for treatment.
  2. Apply at least two means of interventions and evaluate their effectiveness in helping clients respond mores successfully to stressful situations.


Foundation for BCBT

Suicidal Mode Emotion Dis-regulation and Cognitive Rigidity
Risk Management Lethal Means Counseling Narrative Assessment Self-Management Strategies
Measures of Success:

Copyright : 04/08/2020

Session 02: The CAMS Care Model

Join internationally recognized suicidologist, Dr. David Jobes to learn about the evidence-based CAMS model that can dramatically decrease suicidal ideation and overall symptom distress while increasing hope, patient satisfaction, and retention to clinical care.

Program Information


  1. Analyzes the CAMS model as an evidenced-based, research supported treatment for suicidal ideation and describes its effective use and flexibility with regards to integrating CAMS into various treatment modalities.
  2. Differentiates between indirect and direct drivers and explains how failure to investigate indirect drivers can lead to the activation of direct drivers and possible suicide.


Introduction to David Jobes, Ph.D.
Working with Suicidal Clients

CAMS Framework
What the Framework Means
The Four Pillars

The First Session

Hospitalizing Clients with Suicidal Ideation
Shortened Hospital Stays
Medical Treatment for Suicide Risk Not Helpful
Outpatient Treatment is Effective
Suicide Myths
Connecting with Clients

The Person of the Therapist: Dialing into Therapist’s Humanity
Saving Lives 
How CAMS Stabilizes Clients
Types of Suicidal Clients
Direct & Indirect Drivers
How to Engage Clients


Copyright : 04/15/2020

Session 03: An Eclectic Practice Model for Suicidality

In this session, suicide treatment author and expert Stacey Freedenthal provides a highly practical method for working with clients considering suicide, as well as their family and friends.

Program Information


  1. Develop an understanding of “meeting a client where they at” while gathering information needed in a therapeutic manner, when treating a client who is experiencing suicidal ideation.
  2. Appraise knowledge on effective therapeutic techniques used when meeting with a client who is experiencing suicidal ideation (ex. Hope Kits, suicide note to self).


Importance of meeting the client where they are at

Assessment in a therapeutic manner Behavioral Incident Being a burden Friends and family Hope Kits Distraction
Technology of Change Suicide letter to self

Copyright : 04/17/2020

Session 04: Clinical Interviewing Skills for Suicidal Clients

Learn the essentials of conducting clinical interviews, as well as doing suicide assessment, mental status examinations, and psychotherapy skill development.

Program Information


  1. Appraise and elaborate on the six dimensions for suicide treatment planning for the purpose of differentiating the various dimensions as it relates to possible triggers and mitigating factors of suicidal ideation for clients.
  2. Evaluate and support the benefits of positive psychology interventions for the purpose of improving treatment outcomes and decreasing suicidal ideation.


Introduction to John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D.
Treatment in Collaboration
Shift from Pathology to Pain


Suicidal Thoughts
Not Always About Death
Emotional Pain


Dealing with Therapist Panic/Defensiveness
Anxiety Around the Topic of Suicide
The World “Suicide” as a Trigger
Discussing Suicide Directly with Trainees/Students
Desensitizing Fear
Embracing Client’s Vulnerability


Assessment Tied to Treatment
Therapist Normalizes Suicidal Ideation & Asks Clients Directly
Mood Scaling Assessment & Demonstration 
Safety Plan Intervention


7-Part Map: Suicide Dimensions for Treatment Planning


Positive Psychology Interventions
3 Good Things Intervention
Savoring Practice
Sparkling Moments
Emotional/Therapeutic Journaling
Affect Bridge


Having an Attitude of Continual Learning

Copyright : 04/30/2020

Session 05: Legal, Ethical, and Documentation Issues

In this session, join two leading experts for foundational insight into legal and ethical aspects of suicide treatment. 

Program Information


  1. Debate the ethical concerns of treating a suicidal client to improve the efficacy of treatment in reducing suicidal risk.
  2. Evaluate the legal implications of confidentiality, privilege, and privacy as they relate to suicidal clients and evaluate strategies for maintaining legal protection in the event of suicide.


Addressing the Emotional Impact of Suicide

Where to Begin If a Client Commits Suicide Code of Ethics Documentation Informed Consent When a Client Confesses That They Are Suicidal When a Client Makes a Suicide Attempt When a Client Does Commits Suicide Final Thoughts

Copyright : 04/07/2020

Chronic Suicidality and Self-Destructive Behavior

Chronically suicidal clients present a special kind of stress for therapists: there’s not only the emotional stress of working with their pain, but the additional burden of risk, responsibility, and anxiety.

When should we hospitalize a suicidal client?

How can we best assess when the level of suicidality is an immediate threat to life and safety?

What role should suicide contracts play in our work?

This workshop recording offers practical strategies for developing collaborative approaches with suicidal clients despite their resistance to help and transforming their relationships to self-destructive thoughts and impulses.

Program Information


  1. Determine the somatic effects of suicidal ideation and impulses for the purposes of psychoeducation.
  2. Evaluate the role of suicidality in a client’s survival or adaptation to trauma.
  3. Determine the three basic steps of the Fisher risk assessment tool.
  4. Distinguish body-centered interventions that can increase the client’s sense of control over unbearable emotions.
  5. Develop collaborative solutions to high-risk situations.


The Challenges of Working with Suicidality and Self-Destructive Behavior

Evaluating Risk: Safe, Less Safe, and Not Safe

Suicidality and Self-Destructive Behavior as Dissociative Symptoms

Copyright : 03/23/2019

A Collaborative Approach to Managing Suicidal Risk

With 71 percent of therapists reporting at least one client whose attempted suicide, helping people teetering on the precarious edge of suicidal ideation is one of the most important and scariest aspects of our work. This recording will give you a comprehensive road map for navigating assessment, treatment, and management for those at risk for suicide, as well as how to nurture a survivor’s potential for healing and resilience.

Program Information


  1. Assess current statistics on suicide and identify signs and symptoms that indicate suicidal ideation. 
  2. Analyze the CAMS Model for suicidality as it relates to clinical practice.
  3. Apply DBT, CBT, and other interventions to help clients emotionally regulate. 
  4. Determine the clinical implications of specific strategies that foster adaptation and resiliency, including somatic resourcing, remembered resources, art, writing, and mindfulness. 
  5. Differentiate common emotional and spiritual issues that survivors of complex trauma face, and discuss evidence-based strategies to help them rediscover personal strengths and the resiliency to move forward. 


Piercing the Darkness: Assessment, Treatment, and Management of Suicide Risk 
Explore current statistics on suicide and identify signs and symptoms that indicate suicidal ideation 

Explore the 3 Areas of Impact Vulnerability for Suicide 
Traumatized Brain:  Guilt/Shame:  Existential Shattering: Crisis of belief 
Explore the concept of Alongside  Explore DBT, CBT and other interventions to help clients emotionally regulate  Explore the CAMS Model for suicidality  Learn tools to help clients become more resilient  Explore a list of specific strategies that foster adaptation and resiliency, including somatic resourcing, remembered resources, art, writing and mindfulness 

Copyright : 03/22/2019