Assessment and Intervention With Suicidal Youth and Their Families

Presented by Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW on 12-04-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth. Nearly 20% of youth report having had a serious thought of suicide in the past year, and 3% made suicide attempts so serious that they required medical attention. This web conference will review assessment, treatment, and management of suicide risk in school-age children. You will learn how to use the suicide screening, monitoring, and assessment forms found in the book Suicide in Schools. Use of the forms will be illustrated through a case study of a suicidal youth.

Because family is an integral part of effective treatment of youth, we will review the five tasks and key interventions of attachment-based family therapy (ABFT), which is the only psychotherapy with empirical support for reducing suicidal ideation in youth. The five tasks and treatment techniques will be illustrated with a case study. Our discussion of ABFT will be based on 10 years of published research, and while it will provide the participant with specific tools and a conceptual framework for working with suicidal youth and their families, it is not intended to substitute for formal training in the model.

After reviewing assessment and treatment of suicide risk in youth, this web conference will conclude by reviewing ethical and legal standards for documenting a suicide risk assessment. We will review how and what to include in your documentation of a suicide risk assessment, crisis phone call or intervention, and session notes with suicidal youth.

This intermediate, instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify warning signs, risk factors and protective factors for youth suicide.
  2. Use the suicide risk screening, monitoring, and assessment forms.
  3. Describe the five tasks of Attachment-Based Family Therapy.
  4. Identify the components of a well-documented suicide risk assessment.

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Event Reviews from Members

I truly enjoyed this presentation and learned new approaches for working with parents. - Cristina M. Fandino, EdD, MEd, RP

A comprehensive teaching on assessment and intervention. An excellent introduction to ABFT. - Susan Benner, LCSW

This presentation was well organized. It was also great that the presenter identified the many pitfalls and obstacles with assessment and follow-up treatment. - Susan McChord Hurd, LCPC

Continuing Education (CE) Information

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Meet the Presenter

Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW

Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Jonathan Singer is a family therapist who works primarily with suicidal and depressed youth, providing attachment-based family therapy and family enhanced non-directive supportive therapy. He is particularly interested in the interpersonal mechanisms that protect against or contribute to youth suicidal risk within families and why and how parents access services for their suicidal children.

His background includes working as a bilingual (English-Spanish) social worker in community mental health; participating on a mobile crisis intervention unit for suicidal, homicidal, and actively psychotic youth; providing home-based individual and family therapy; facilitating experiential outdoor therapy groups for pre-adolescent youth with externalizing disorders; and running process-oriented parenting groups for parents trying to reunify with their children after removal for abuse and/or neglect. Dr. Singer earned his MSW in 1996, and has taught graduate-level clinical practice courses since 2002.

Dr. Singer is the author and co-author of over 40 publications, including the 2015 Routledge text Suicide in Schools. He has presented nearly 100 workshops, scholarly papers, continuing education trainings, and webinars on working with suicidal youth, cyberbullying, and attachment-based family therapy. He has presented continuing education workshops nationally for the U.S. Military, community mental health agencies, school districts, and clinical social work organizations. Dr. Singer is the founder and host of the award-winning series, Social Work Podcast. For more information about Dr. Singer and his work, please visit his faculty page on the Loyola University website:

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  •, 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.

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