Nov 15 – Suicidal Clients


Working with Suicidal Clients:

The Ins and Outs of Assessment, Safety Planning, and Documentation



Workshop Information

Date: Friday, Nov 15, 2019 – Sign-In: 8:30am Workshop Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location:  MCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD

Cost:  $115 Early Registration through Nov 8, $130 after Nov 8

$100 Group Registration

Presenters: Rachel Larkin, MA, MSW, LCSW

CEU Credits: 6 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs**

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Presenter Bio

Rachel Larkin, Director of Crisis Prevention and Intervention Services at EveryMind in Rockville, MD, is a licensed social worker who has been running the 24/7 Montgomery County Hotline for more than a decade. This American Association of Suicidology and CONTACT USA accredited program is part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. Rachel has a MSW from The National Catholic School of Social Service and a MA from Vanderbilt University. She speaks throughout the state on mental health and suicide and is a trainer for the Mental Health First Aid program.


Workshop Description

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States (CDC Vital Signs June 2018) are you prepared to deal with this issue in your clients? The theories behind suicidal thinking can help get a better understanding of your clients struggle while an understanding of risk factors and warning signs can help a clinician better assess the level of intervention a client may need.

Many clients experiencing suicidal thoughts may not need hospitalization. Learning how to create a collaborative safety plan with a client is essential. During the process of working with a suicidal client it is important to accurately and effectively document. Proper documentation can lead to better outcomes and can protect clinicians from liability.

Finally, with over a million people in the U.S. attempting suicide each year it is essential that clinicians understand how to support and work with clients after they survive a suicide attempt.

It is better to be prepared and never have a suicidal client than to have a suicidal client and not be prepared.


Workshop Objectives

1. Identify risk factors for and warning signs of suicidality

2. Describe theories behind suicidal thinking

3. Assess for suicidality in clients and decide the level of intervention needed

4. Demonstrate the use of a safety plan with a client

5. Describe how to properly document work with a suicidal client

6. Identify how to work best with a client after a suicide attempt


Workshop Agenda

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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **