This LI addresses suicide prevention, crisis management, and postvention for counselors working with children and adolescents at risk for attempting suicide. Information on myths; risk and protective factors; signs and symptoms; assessment; and practice guidelines for prevention, crisis management, and postvention will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on needed counseling techniques with children, adolescents, and survivors and their families. Role-play rehearsals will be incorporated as time permits.
Educational Content: Myths connected with youth suicide prevention, risk factors, protective factors, the suicidal profile: behaviors, thinking patterns and changes, verbal cues, personality traits, guidelines for prevention, crisis management, and postvention or follow-up after attempts or completions. Theoretical Foundations (Examples) The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (www.aacap.org). This organization publishes a “Facts for Families” series some of which is focused on youth/adolescent suicide (French, German, Polish, and Spanish translations are also available). · The American Association of Suicidology (www.suicidology.org) publishes suicide fact sheets as well as information about warning signs, cultural considerations, suggestions for interventions and helpful information for survivors. Fact sheets on this site are also published in Spanish. · The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) maintains an updated suicide fact sheet that provides information on rates, groups at a higher risk, and risk and protective factors that affect suicidal individuals
To provide assistance and guidelines in the process of dealing with the youth suicide problem.
To create awareness of the myths connected with youth suicide
To provide LI participants with information about risk and protective factors connected with youth suicide prevention.
To teach the components of the suicidal profile.
To provide explicit guidelines for prevention, crisis management, and postvention (follow-up) after an attempt or completion and how and when to apply them.
To enable participants to rehearse suicide assessment (roleplays followed by debriefing).
Counselor Educator and Senior Core Faculty,