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Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW presents this 5 hour Webinar
(5 PDs

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth 0–24 years. Schools are an ideal location to identify and respond to suicide risk. Because of the tension between the school’s educational mission and the socio-emotional demands of addressing suicide risk, school counselors often find themselves addressing suicidal crises without clear institutional guidance and support. The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of school-based prevention, assessment, intervention and postvention. We will discuss a multisystemic framework for understanding a suicidal crisis; the role of the school and school personnel in identifying and responding to student suicide risk; identifying suicide risk factors, protective factors, warning signs, and resilience; and the steps in developing a school crisis response plan with a specific focus on the special situation of a suicidal crisis. We will review law suits involving school districts where youth died by suicide. We will end the first half reviewing current suicide prevention programs and discussing the state of the evidence. We will then review suicide assessment and intervention in a suicidal crisis. We will discuss the purpose and use of a screening tool, risk assessment tool, safety planning tool, and a suicide risk monitoring tool. We will review techniques for eliciting suicidal ideation and intent. Because youth suicidal crises always involve parents / guardians, we will discuss counseling techniques from Attachment-Based Family Therapy (the only family therapy designed to reduce suicidal ideation in youth), and how to respond to parents after telling them that you assessed their child for suicide risk. We will end  by reviewing postvention.How to respond in the first 24 hours, and the days and months after a suicide death. The webinar will include information about adolescent development, technology and social media, the science of suicide, and suicide prevention resources.

About the Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Singer is a licensed clinical social worker and associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago. For the past 20 years, Dr. Singer has been a community mental health clinician, educator and researcher, much of that time providing crisis services to suicidal youth in schools. Dr. Singer is trained in Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) for depressed and suicidal youth. Dr. Singer's 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 given over 100 regional, national and international presentations to the U.S. Military, community mental health agencies, school districts, and national professional organizations on topics ranging from youth suicide and cyberbullying to ethics, social media, and adolescent development. He 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 social media (#SPSM) community, an elected Board member of the American Association of Suicidology, and a board member of the international organization Human Services Information Technology Applications. He is the committee chair for two national social work organizations and the founder and host of the award winning Social Work Podcast (www.socialworkpodcast.com). His article about the language of suicide won the 2016 National Association of Social Worker award for best magazine article. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and three children and can be found on Twitter as @socworkpodcast.

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Suicide in Schools: Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention
ISCA is proud to offer a webinar of Jonathan B. Singer's workshop "Suicide in Schools: Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention." This webinar was filmed at Dr. Singer's presentation in Collinsville, IL on October 6, 2017 and is now is available for you on-demand at anytime!
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