Managing Suicide Risk in Tele-Health (Online Recorded Program)
While working with suicidal clients is not contraindicated for tele-health, it is commonly seen as being an exclusionary criteria when screening clients. Because of this, research and guidance on how to manage suicide risk in tele-health is limited. There are many reasons for the caution around working with suicidal clients remotely including liability concerns, less control, unfamiliarity with procedures, lack of knowledge, limited available training and support, technology issues, and more. However, there are many situations when receiving tele-health services are the only option for some suicidal clients. Whether it is due to geographical constraints, lack of transportation, or being ordered to stay home during a pandemic, these clients need services. And tele-health services can be effective for managing suicide risk when the client and clinician are prepared. Managing suicide risk in tele-health begins with the first session and continues throughout the course of treatment. This training is focused on managing suicide risk in tele-health by being proactive before the crisis, knowing the action steps to take in the moment of crisis, and learning lessons after the crisis has resolved.
Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to...
1. Identify at least three aspects of informed consent that directly impact managing suicide risk with tele-health clients.
2. Describe contingency plans for the tele-health modalities used in clinical practice.
3. Develop a crisis protocol to follow when your tele-health client’s risk increases.
4. Learn action steps to take when you assess your tele-health client to be an imminent risk for suicide.
5. Identify at least three things to do after the crisis resolves.
Basic to Intermediate
This training is designed for professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists, addiction counselors, case managers, nurses, and other health care professionals.
To obtain the certificate of completion for the 2.5 hours associated with this online recorded program, the participant will need to purchase the online training, view the entire video, review the provided resources and documents then email a completed post-test and optional evaluation to email@example.com. Participants passing the post-test with a minimum score of 70% will receive a certificate of completion.
Each program offered designates the number of clock hours. Be sure to check with your professional board as they will specify how many CE/CEU hours are equal to one clock hour (e.g., 1 CEU = 50 minutes).
The content of this event may meet requirements for continuing education for most national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Be sure to print the event description and submit with your certificate of attendance to your professional board for consideration. For rules governing continuing education, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.
Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board does not require pre-approval of continuing education programs and does not offer an approval process for most professions. They will consider continuing education programs that cover content specific to each profession's practice, skills, ethics, and knowledge. Additional information is provided on their website under each profession, typically in the FAQ sections.
Missouri Division of Professional Registration does not require continuing education providers or programs to be approved prior to the event. They will accept continuing education that is relevant to each profession (i.e. for professional counselors content must be primarily related to counseling, for psychologists content must be mostly psychological, and so on). Additional information is provided on their website.
Suicide Prevention Training Requirement - "HB 1719 was passed during the 2018 legislative session and signed into law. The bill included language that amended section 337.718.1 RSMo requiring certain health care professionals to complete at least two hours of continuing education in suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management training, as a condition of initial licensure and subsequent to the renewal of the license. The provision goes into effective August 28, 2018." Missouri Division of Professional Registration
This law applies to professional counselors, bachelor's and master's level social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists (initial licensure only), and other health care providers. Contact your professional organization for details on your specific licensure.
Licensed professional counselors and are reminded that the effective date of this law means current LPCs must obtain the required two (2) hours of continuing education prior to the expiration date of the license June 30, 2019 and each biennial licensure cycle thereafter. The renewal application will include a question concerning compliance with this provision of the law and licensees must maintain documentation of proof of compliance.
Licensed marital and family therapists are reminded that the effective date of this law means current MFTs must obtain the required two (2) hours of continuing education prior to the expiration date of the license February 20, 2020 and each biennial licensure cycle thereafter. The renewal application will include a question concerning compliance with this provision of the law and licensees must maintain documentation of proof of compliance.
Starting September 30, 2018, the State Committee for Social Workers will require evidence of this training to be included with the initial application for licensure and, beginning with the 2019 renewal period, necessary for license renewal.