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Digital Seminar

Hope-Building Strategies for Suicidal Clients

A Compassionate Approach to Preventing Suicide

Kathryn Gordon, PhD
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Mar 23, 2024
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Decades of research demonstrate that hopelessness is a risk factor for suicidal thoughts and behaviours. But it can be challenging for clients to maintain a sense of hope as they struggle through life’s hardships. In this workshop, you’ll explore novel therapeutic strategies designed to spark hope with suicidal clients. Attendees will leave this workshop with several new skills within the HOPE framework that they can apply in their clinical practice. You’ll learn: 


  • Effective methods for safety planning with crisis-oriented clients 
  • Specific interventions for suicidal thoughts that won’t go away 
  • How to work with suicidality in a way that is collaborative and builds hope, meaning, purpose, and other protective factors that reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviours. 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Kathryn H. Gordon, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and the author of The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook: Cognitive Therapy Skills to Reduce Emotional Pain, Increase Hope, and Prevent Suicide. Prior to working as a therapist, she was a professor for ten years. She was recognized as an Inspiring Teacher for her classes about psychopathology, empirically supported therapy, and cultural diversity. Dr. Gordon is a mental health researcher who has published over eighty scientific articles and book chapters on suicidal behavior, disordered eating, and related topics. She blogs for Psychology Today and shares mental health information through her website,

Speaker Disclosures
Financial: Dr. Kathryn Gordon has employment relationships with Equip and LifeStance Health. She receives a grant from The Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Gordon receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Kathryn Gordon is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy and the American Association of Suicidology.

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  1. Formulate an effective safety plan for clients with suicidal thoughts. 
  2. Apply therapy tools designed to help with chronic suicidal thoughts. 
  3. Identify collaborative strategies for building hope, meaning, and purpose with clients who struggle with suicidal thoughts. 


  • How to effectively safety plan with patients for suicidal crises 
  • Ways to increase safety by restricting lethal means 
  • Therapy interventions to help with chronic suicidal thoughts 
  • How to talk to clients about suicide 
  • Compassionate strategies for building hope and making meaning in the face of suffering 
  • Risks and limitations of the research 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers

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