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Creating Hope with Action - Talking about Suicide

  • 23 Jun 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA 92408
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  • Anyone who is not a member of IE-CAMFT
  • Member of the Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT

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Creating Hope with Action - Talking about Suicide

Caroline Nersessian, LCSW

Rates of suicide are on the rise and the risk of suicide is among one of the most serious issues our clients experience.  As clinicians our aim with suicidal clients is to reduce their distress and to help create a sense of hope.  Although suicide prevention work helps to save the lives of many, the work itself can feel overwhelming and even exasperating.  This presentation aims to engage the participants so that they may appreciate the importance of talking about suicide and to begin the process of working effectively with people who have thoughts of suicide.

Seminar participants will learn about the impact of suicide within the community and the importance of discussing the risk of suicide in practice.  Participants will learn both risk and protective factors, suicide assessment, how to ask about suicide directly, and how to appropriately identify community resources. In an effort to reduce liability, participants will also learn about the value and limits of suicide safety plans.


1.    Participants will Develop an Understanding of suicide as a serious community health problem

2.    Participants will Identify the client’s Risk for suicide

3.    Participants will learn how to Assess, Ask, and Respond to suicide

4.     Participants will learn how to Reduce Liability of suicide-related complications in practice

Caroline Nersessian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in the field specializing in mental health issues surrounding children and families.  She works at the Child and Family Guidance Center as the Clinical Director of School Based Services, Therapeutic Behavioral Services and the Northpoint School, a nonpublic school for students with severe emotional and behavior challenges.  Caroline is a Part Time Faculty member at the California State University, Northridge since 2010 where she teaches Field Seminar, Urban Family Practice and Generalist Social Work practice courses.  Caroline is trained and certified in the Living Works models of suicide prevention.  These include safeTALK, suicide awareness; ASIST, suicide prevention; and Suicide to HOPE, a recovery and growth model for people who have had thoughts/actions but are currently safe from suicide.  Her goal is to bring suicide awareness to the community level to help reduce the stigma and increase the ability to openly talk about and support those who are having thoughts of suicide.


Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider Agency  Provider # 62278

CEU Hours: This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Certificates: Completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

Refund Policy:  If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 24 hours in advance of the training, full reimbursement will be sent within ten (10) working days.

Grievance:  If any aspect of the training is not to the full satisfaction of any participant, please notify the coordinator, CEU committee chair, or another IE-CAMFT board member.  We hope to resolve any issue immediately on-site.  If not resolved, the full IE-CAMFT board will review and resolve the issue.

IE-CAMFT wishes all participants to have an excellent learning experience.  Please notify the coordinator or other board member if you need special accommodations.  If possible, call Garry Raley at (951) 640-5899 in advance

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