Using Technology to Identify, Manage, and Respond to Suicide Risk

Presented by Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW on 03-24-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

One of the most stressful clinical situations for therapists is assessing and managing the risk of suicide. Although nothing can replace clinical training and supervision in working with people at risk for suicide, advances in technology are providing new tools for mental health professionals and the individuals they help. Developing an understanding of the use of internet and computer technologies (ICT), including mobile applications, to augment good clinical care during a suicidal crisis could mean the difference between life and death.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW, will outline the role of mobile apps and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in addressing suicide. He will describe how apps and social media have become a resource for users who are experiencing suicidal ideation or have loved ones who may be exhibiting suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Dr. Singer will also present information about other online communities that provide education and resources that individuals in therapy can utilize outside of therapy.

As a founding member of the online suicide prevention community, #SPSM (Suicide Prevention and Social Media) and author of the 2015 text, Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention, Dr. Singer is uniquely qualified to review the strengths and limitations of technology for suicide prevention, including ways for clinicians to evaluate online resources to ensure they are safe and authoritative. Attendees will learn how they can partner with websites, suicide prevention apps, and online crisis services, including those available by text, to identify and manage suicide risk. The management of suicidal crises is more than just identifying suicidal ideation, intent, and a plan for self-harm in the counseling session, it involves utilizing the full range of available resources to help individuals find reasons for living.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Explain the advantages of using technology to assist clinicians in addressing suicide risk.
  2. List suicide prevention apps that may be effective for therapists.
  3. List suicide prevention apps that may be helpful for clients.
  4. Identify six criteria that can be used to evaluate internet and computer technologies as appropriate for addressing suicide risk and prevent.
  5. Discuss the strengths and limitations of using internet and computer technology for suicide prevention. 

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Clinical Intake and Screening, Clinical Assessment, Counseling Services. 

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GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

This course comes at a very appropriate time, and the topic is especially relevant in this era of social media and information technology. -Elizabeth Tramonte, LPC, LMFT

Meet the Presenter

Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW

Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Jonathan Singer is a licensed clinical social worker and associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago. His clinical and research interests focus on interventions for suicidal and cyberbullied youth, service access and service utilization, and use of technology in education and clinical practice. 

Dr. Singer has presented over 100 regional, national, and international workshops, scholarly papers, keynotes, continuing education trainings, and webinars. His specialties include addressing suicide in schools, Attachment-Based Family Therapy, child and adolescent therapies, suicide risk assessment and intervention, cyberbullying, and adolescent development. Dr. Singer is also known for the work he does with ethics and technology for the U.S. Military, community mental health agencies, school districts, and clinical social work organizations. 

Dr. Singer is the author of 50 publications, including the 2015 Routledge text, Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention. He is a founding member of the online suicide prevention community, #SPSM (Suicide Prevention and Social Media), and the founder and host of the award winning Social Work Podcast. Dr. Singer can be found on Twitter at @socworkpodcast.

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.