Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Suicide Prevention

February 4, 2022 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Bev James

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Who should attend: Individuals providing direct treatment such as counselors, social workers, psychologists.

About this event:  This two-day experiential workshop will provide an overview of Evidence-Based cognitive behavioral strategies that can be utilized for the treatment of patients with suicide-related ideation and/or behaviors. Participants will learn about basic cognitive behavioral strategies for structuring sessions – including setting a collaborative agenda, assigning action plan(s), and eliciting feedback. Participants will become familiar with Dr. Aaron Beck’s cognitive model for suicide as a framework for conceptualizing and treating their patients. The components of an efficacious, outpatient Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CT-SP) protocol will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on specific techniques of intervention (e.g., assisting patients with the suicide narrative, building skills such as modifying unhelpful thoughts, problem solving, instilling hope, planning for safety, and preventing relapse) in order to assist providers in maximizing the safety of individuals at risk for suicide. Information about helpful online tools and resources will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice strategies in the group setting. Questions about expected treatment challenges will be addressed. Providers will learn about and discuss the importance of self-care strategies, particularly as they provide services to this highly vulnerable and challenging patient population.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the course, participants will better:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the public health significance of suicide.
  • Use the cognitive behavioral model to conceptualize patients with suicide-related ideation and/or behaviors.
  • Structure cognitive behavioral sessions, set a collaborative agenda, review and assign action plan(s), and elicit/provide feedback.
  • Identify underdeveloped skills that exacerbate suicide risk based on the cognitive behavioral case conceptualization.
  • Implement cognitive and behavioral strategies within each of the three phases of an outpatient protocol for the prevention of suicide.
  • Complete a step-by-step safety plan collaboratively with patients reporting suicide-related ideation and/or behaviors.
  • Understand how to implement a step-by-step relapse prevention protocol to reduce future suicidal crisis.
  • Understand the importance of self-care when providing services to a challenging patient population.

Cost:  Free
Virtual via Zoom

Education Credits:  12 CEUs – Pending
* The Akron Area Professional Psychologists (AAPP) are an approved provider for Psychologist CEUs and will be providing Psychologist CEUs for the training.
Registration:  Limited space, please register by January 31, 2022


The Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery is an approved provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board for Social Workers RSX109202 and Counselors RCX119207 and an approved provider of CEUs by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. CEUs are pending for this workshop per 50-17839.