Working with Suicidal Teens: Documentation, Referral, and Treatment Options

Working with Suicidal Teens: Documentation, Referral, and Treatment Options

Presented by Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC on 01-05-2018 at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 p.m. Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Clinicians are trained to recognize suicidality and prevent suicide in adolescents just as they are trained to help individuals, families, and communities work through the thoughts and emotions that reverberate from the traumatic loss. When suicidal ideation is addressed in therapy, documentation is as crucial as understanding additional treatment options and making appropriate referrals. 

In this two-hour web conference, Támara Hill will explain the various levels of care available to teens and outline the process for making referrals. It is often easy to admit a teen in a hospital for short-term care, but it can be very difficult to secure higher levels of care for extended periods of time. Attendees will learn what risk factors require referrals to a variety of other treatment options, including:

  • outpatient 
  • intensive outpatient
  • inpatient 
  • hospitalization
  • group therapy
  • school-based

Támara will describe how she has successfully used specific "buzz words" and terminology in referrals to convey the severity of an adolescent’s suicidality and expedite admissions to treatment programs.

Támara will discuss her own experiences navigating treatment with her most severe adolescent cases. She will share strategies for developing and maintaining sound clinical documentation as well as ways to support suicidal teens until a referral is processed and the intake appointment is attended. Attendees will also learn about safety planning and how to appropriately maintain communication with families and schools. 

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

  1. Describe the referral process for adolescent suicidality. 
  2. Explain the different levels of care and their recommended treatment options. 
  3. Utilize strategies that facilitate a referral and/or an admission to a hospital.
  4. Identify strategies for maintaining appropriate communication with families and schools.
  5. Create a comprehensive safety plan during the referral process. 
  6. Demonstrate skills for properly documenting adolescent suicidality.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

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Registration Information

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Meet the Presenter

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC, is a licensed therapist and certified trauma professional who specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from mood disorders, trauma, and disruptive behavioral disorders. Hill strives to help clients realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community. She is an author, family consultant, and founder of www.anchoredinknowledge.com.

Támara's new book, Understanding and Helping Suicidal Teens: Therapeutic Strategies For Parents & Teachers From A Trauma Therapist will be available for Kindle in February and it will be released in paperback in May.

Example Treatment Plan: Planning with Suicidal Teens

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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.