2 CE – Non Member: Assessing for Suicide Risk and Developing Effective Safety Plans


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Morning Presentation
Registration 9:00am, Program 9:30am-11:45am
2 CE credits

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Morning Presentation
Registration 9:00am, Program 9:30am-11:45am
2 CE credits

Assessing for Suicide Risk and Developing Effective Safety Plans

Program Description:
Despite many advances in our approach, the rate of youth suicide continues to rise. Currently, suicide deaths in American youth outnumber auto accidents, and they account for more deaths annually than the 17 leading non-injury based medical conditions combined. One strategy to improve outcomes is to train behavioral health providers on evidence-based risk assessment and interventions. This workshop is geared toward a range of clinical providers with experience working with individuals presenting with suicidal ideation and/or behavior. The workshop will describe warning signs for youth suicide, thus enabling clinicians with the skills to recognize when intervention is essential. Participants will also learn an evidence-based approach to suicide risk assessment and discuss the application of this approach to clinical populations. Finally, the safety planning intervention will be discussed, and participants will understand effective strategies in creating this tool with their patients.

Presenter Bio:
Matthew Wintersteen, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Wintersteen is Co-Investigator and Co-Program Developer of a SAMHSA-funded study designed to build training, screening, and intervention in schools across Pennsylvania. In addition to his grant-funded projects, Dr. Wintersteen has served on national and international task forces convened by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the American Association of Suicidology, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Suicide Awareness and Voices of Education, and the National Institute of Mental Health. He serves on the Executive Board of Prevent Suicide PA.

Learning Objectives
 As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe warning signs for youth suicide in the context of risk assessment.
  2. Assess youth for suicide utilizing an empirically supported approach to assessment.
  3. Create a safety plan for youth at increased risk for suicide.


  • Berman, A. L. (2018). Risk factors proximate to suicide and suicide risk assessment in the context of denied suicide ideation. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 48(3), 340-352.
  • Jobes, D. A. (2012). The collaborative assessment and management of suicidality (CAMS): An evolving evidence-based clinical approach to suicide risk. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 42, 640-653.
  • Klonsky, E. D., May, A. M., & Saffer, B. Y. (2015). Suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 12, 307-330.
  • Stanley, B., & Brown, G. K. (2012). Safety planning intervention: A brief intervention to mitigate suicide risk. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 256-264.

Continuing Education Credits

Participants will receive 2 CE credits for this program. All attendees will be asked to be present for the workshop no later than 15 minutes after it begins and not leave prior to 15 minutes before it ends. Certificates of attendance will be administered at the conclusion of the program. This program is intended for psychologists, counselors, social workers, graduate students and other mental health professionals.  For more information, please contact Dr. Lyz DeBoer at dr.lyz.deboer@gmail.com.

Accessibility, Non-discrimination, and Ethics:
LVPCA is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. LVPCA is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.  Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.

If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, or distress with regard to program content, please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to Jaclyn Davis, PhD at jaclyndavisphd@gmail.com.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be reasonably construed as conflict of interest.

Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.

Responsibility for Program Content:
Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.