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Changing the Narrative: Working with People Bereaved by Suicide and Suicide Attempt Survivors – Mason

June 28, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

| $50

This training will provide details on new research findings with practical, effective strategies to use with suicide survivors and those who are expressing suicidal ideation.

The first half of this training will explore the unique grief after the suicide death of a loved one and how those in the helping profession can best assist in their journey, including: New data on incidence of people who know someone who has died by suicide; The impact of surviving the suicide of someone close, including the concept of “Post Traumatic Growth” following suicide of a loved one; Ways in which survivors of suicide have been reported to use individual therapy and Survivors of Suicide (SOS) groups; and Therapy and groups that are helpful/unhelpful to survivors and how therapists might enhance their services to meet survivors’ needs.

The second half of the training moves beyond the basic review of suicide warning signs and risk assessments and into a practical treatment framework which can be utilized with clients who are displaying suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) is an evolving clinical intervention based in evidence from over 25 years of research by Dr. David A. Jobes, of the Catholic University of America. CAMS can best be described as a therapeutic framework that focuses on building a strong alliance between the suicidal client and clinician which, in turn, increases treatment motivation. CAMS emphases a collaborative process whereby the client and clinician work together to assess the root cause of the suicidal thoughts and use various tools to define the distress, create a crisis support plan, and track outcomes. This intensive outpatient framework focuses specifically on suicide ideation, emphasizing coping skill development and problem-solving thereby systematically eliminating the need for suicidal coping behaviors. A number of published studies and clinical trials have been conducted using CAMS with a variety of populations including veterans, youth, and community mental health clients. Utilizing lecture, videos and role playing, the training will provide an introduction to CAMS and the utilization of various therapeutic tools.

Presenters are:
Julie Cerel, Ph.D.: Dr. Cerel is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Profession in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Her research has focused on suicide bereavement and suicide prevention. Having written extensively on this topic, Dr. Cerel is the author of over 25 academic publications and co-author of Seeking Hope: Stories of the Suicide Bereaved. She is currently the Prinicpal Investigator on the Military Suicide Bereavement study funded by the Department of Defense. Dr. Cerel serves as the Board Chair for the American Association of Suicidology as well as their Research Division Chair.

Melinda Moore, Ph.D.: Dr. Moore is currently a postdoctoral fellow working on the Military Suicide Bereavement study at the University of Kentucky. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of American in Washington, DC, where she was trained in CAMS. She has conducted research and worked clinically in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. Dr. Moore is the current Chairperson of the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group, Inc. Since her husband’s suicide 17 years ago, she has been involved in a broad range of suicide prevention and advocacy work nationally.

This training has been approved for 5.5 credit hours. Deadline for registration is June 24, 2013.
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June 28, 2013
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Mason High School
6100 S. Mason-Montgomery Road
Mason, OH 45040 United States
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