Suicide Risk Assessment and Developing a Safety Plan

Presented by Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD on 12-16-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

It is not uncommon for suicidal thoughts and behaviors to emerge during therapy. It is important for clinicians to develop their ability to learn about their clients’ thoughts and experiences related to suicide. It is always important for clinicians take a thorough history of past suicidal ideation and behavior as well as potential risk factors for suicide at the outset of therapy. Safety planning offers the opportunity to discuss how to manage suicidal ideation and behavior with the hope of staving off a crisis situation. Should a crisis emerge, having a safety plan offers tools for managing a person's crisis and reaching out for help as needed.

During this two-hour web conference, Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman will review how to assess for suicidal ideation and behavior, discuss risk factors and warning signs, and outline key aspects of safety planning with people who express suicidal ideation during therapy. She will also introduce participants to tools and ideas specifically for helping their suicidal clients and honing their clinical skills.

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

  1. List evidence-based risk factors for suicide.
  2. Discuss warning signs of suicide risk.
  3. Review key aspects of suicide risk assessment in the context of therapy. 
  4. Outline the elements of a safety plan.
  5. Describe communication strategies to facilitate effective conversations with clients about suicide.

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Event Reviews from Members

Excellent!! This was a thorough presentation; she appeared very passionate about the topic and in disseminating knowledge to the professional community to properly assess and provide effective treatment to suicidal clients. - Cristina Fandino, EdD, MEd, RP 

This speaker approached the topic of suicide and suicidality from a compassionate and knowledgeable stance. I genuinely appreciated the way she spoke of people experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings--she elucidated concepts well, gave comprehensive and contextual details, and destigmatized a highly stigmatized topic. - Joanna Singh, LMSW

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. 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 assessment and counseling services. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., SW CPE 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 #0395.

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Meet the Presenter

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD is an associate professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University, a psychologist practicing in the state of New York, and the leader of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) research grant program. She works closely with several other AFSP teams to implement current research in the development of programs and messages supporting best practices for suicide prevention.

After completing her clinical internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1984, Harvaky-Friedman took a position as assistant professor at Montefiore Medical Center, establishing the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program there. She moved on to Columbia University five years later, where she gained associate professorship and eventually became Director of Curriculum for Psychiatric Research Fellowships.

Throughout her career of over 30 years as a researcher and clinician, Dr. Harkavy-Friedman has remained committed to suicide research and prevention, concentrating on suicidal behavior in adolescents and adults. She has pioneered aspects of suicide research and prevention in her work and was the first to ask high school students about suicidal behavior and ideation.

She has published nearly 100 articles and has lent her expertise to a number of publications, including USA TodayNewsweek, and the Washington Post. She received the Alexander Gralnick award in 2003 from the American Association for Suicidology.

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  •, 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.
  •, 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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