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Digital Seminar

Helping the Suicidal Person: A Clinical Toolbox

Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Sep 10, 2021
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Suicidal people need more than to stay alive. They also need to find life worth living. This recording synthesizes several concrete tips and techniques from a variety of evidence-based practices, including cognitive therapy for suicide prevention, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, problem-solving therapy, and more. The recording will equip participants with knowledge and skills in tapping into suicidal ambivalence, inspiring hope, identifying reasons for living, and reinforcing gains.



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Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice, an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, author of the book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals, and creator of the website, Speaking of Suicide. She focuses her research, scholarship, and clinical practice on suicide assessment and intervention.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Stacey Freedenthal is a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice and has an employment relationship with the University of Denver. She has a family member with an employment relationship with LivingWorks. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Freedenthal receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Stacey Freedenthal is a member of the International Association of Suicide Prevention, the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Association of Suicidology. She uses CBT, CAMS, ACT, and other evidence-based suicide prevention strategies in her presentation.

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  1. Construct a narrative approach to understanding a suicidal person’s story.
  2. Apply at least two strategies to inspire hope and problem-solving in the suicidal person.
  3. Demonstrate at least one method from cognitive behaviour therapy to help clients challenge suicidal thoughts.
  4. Apply at least 2 techniques to help clients relate differently, via acceptance and observation, to their suicidal thoughts.


  • A narrative approach to helping the suicidal person
  • Interventions for building hope
  • Tapping into critical problem-solving skills
  • Core ACT and CBT techniques for the actively suicidal client
  • Key resilience interventions

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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