Assessment and Intervention with Suicidal Clients

Increase your confidence in working with the single greatest clinical and ethical challenge faced by any therapist.

Do you dread working with suicidal clients?  Do you feel that it is your responsibility alone to stop clients from self-harm or suicide? These anxiety-producing beliefs are all too common amongst therapists and actually undermine your clinical effectiveness in working with this population.

In this course, John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD offers an alternative, research-informed approach that emphasizes collaboration and expand your clinical flexibility and confidence with all forms of suicidality.  

  • 7.5 CE Credits available
  • Learn to intervene collaboratively and empathically rather than from a position of authority and anxiety.
  • Optimize your clinical effectiveness and develop strategies for assessing and enlisting clients' strengths and resources.
  • Acquire skills to create an effective safety plan with diverse suicidal clients.
  • Learn how to incorporate contextual factors such as race, age, gender, sexual orientation and religion into your clinical work with suicidal clients.
  • Expand your clinical flexibility and confidence with all forms of suicidality, from passive to active, acute to chronic, and indirect to lethal.
  • Meets requirement for mandated Suicide Assessment and Prevention training for Psychologists, MFTs, Social Workers and Counselors in California and other states. Check your state board for requirements in your state.


"This video comprehensively addresses a sensitive, often anxiety-provoking topic for both beginning and seasoned clinicians. Using a framework that addresses both our academic and experiential understandings of suicidality, Dr. Sommers-Flanagan effectively demonstrates his approach to this nuanced and difficult work. Observing his work with a range of diverse clients and his integration of theoretical technique and strategies associated with assessment, intervention, safety planning, and goal-setting is invaluable. Dr. Sommers-Flanagan provides a narration that helps viewers reflect on his approach in real-time and consider the ways in which they might incorporate these skills into their own clinical practice."

-- Brittany L. Pollard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Counseling

“ This course presents one of the most accurate and easy to understand approaches to assessing and intervening with suicidal clients utilizing multiple case vignettes. Dr. Sommers-Flanagan does an outstanding job of presenting clinical tasks that every clinician needs to know, as well as collaborating with suicidal clients through identifying protective factors, not only risk factors. This video series provides clinicians, graduate students and clinical training programs with a wonderful mechanism to advance their competence in suicide assessment.  In my opinion, it is one of the most useful resources available to assist in suicide assessment training of helping professionals.”

--Ken McCurdy, PhD, Associate Professor, Gannon University; Disaster Mental Health Counselor, American Red Cross

"Dr. Sommers-Flanagan does a marvelous job of assessing and interviewing with several clients who struggle with suicidal ideation.  His manner is natural, personable, calm, compassionate, insightful, and engaging. We are impressed with the way he makes a connection with clients and encourages them to express their key concerns.  We also appreciate that he emphasizes not only special knowledge and skills, but the primacy of the relationship in making accurate assessments. Those who view this video will acquire important guidelines in interviewing suicidal clients."

--Marianne Schneider Corey, MFT & Gerald Corey, EdD, co-authors Groups: Process and PracticeBecoming a Helper and many other texts


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