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Thursday Institutes - 10 am to 5 pm (6 CE Credits)

Separate registration fee required

Suicide: Assessment and Treatments that Work

This Institute will fulfill the new BOP requirement effective January 1, 2020

Suicide is the most common psychiatric emergency that therapists will encounter. For therapists with an active clinical practice, suicide is an occupational hazard that can be both emotionally and practically devastating—and 25% of family members of suicidal patients take legal actions against the patient’s mental health treatment team. This workshop will provide an invaluable opportunity for therapists to implement the newest empirically validated, evidence-based treatments for suicide that are fast becoming the standard of care.  

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the most important techniques/tools for assessing suicidal risk.
  2. Recognize innovative and effective suicide therapies which will allow clinicians in practicing to the standard of care.
  3. Activate strategies to minimize the risk of successful lawsuits or sanctions.
  4. Find effective coping strategies for the emotional impact of working with clients who attempt suicide or commit suicide.
  5. Implement effective state-of-the-art crisis interventions for suicidal patients.

Lisa Firestone, PhD is the Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association and Senior Editor for Dr. Firestone is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Barbara and consultant on the management of high-risk clients. She has been involved in clinical training and research in the areas of suicide and violence which resulted in the development of the assessments Firestone Assessment of Self-destructive Thoughts (FAST) and (FASI) and the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT), for adults and adolescents. Dr. Firestone is the co author of  Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and most recently The Self under Siege.
Dr. Firestone is
a regular blogger on Psychology Today and PsychAlive.

Ethics: A Multifaceted Approach to Effective Ethical Decision-Making: Understanding the Intersection of Ethics, Law,
Risk Management and Clinical Considerations

This program will identify the myriad complexities in ethical decision making, specifically the overlap of ethical, legal, risk factors, and clinical implications in practice. Presenters will provide relevant content for each of these areas and utilize case examples to enhance learning. Attendees will have opportunities to practice this model during the program and consult in a small group format. Additionally, an attorney will provide a 2020 update on issues affecting psychologists in California.

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Distill complex ethical dilemmas into relevant component parts: legal, ethical, and clinical with attention to risk management considerations.
  2. Synthesize the relevant issues into an ethically appropriate plan of action.
  3. Apply current legal requirements for professional psychology practice in work with clients.


Russell S. Gold, PhD, has a private practice in San Diego and performs child custody evaluations and mediations, serves as a parenting coordinator and participates on collaborative divorce teams. He is currently a member of CPA's Ethics Committee.


David Jull-Patterson, PhD,
 is an associate professor at California Northstate University. He is an inductee of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF and is named an Honored Instructor at UC Berkeley Extension. His professional interests are in thanatology, ethics, social justice, and faculty development, and he serves as the co-chair of the CPA Ethics Committee.


David Leatherberry, JD, owner of Leatherberry Law, specializes in the counsel and representation of health, and particularly, behavioral health care providers in business transactions, civil litigation, and all licensing and regulatory related matters. He regularly advises clients with regard to HIPAA, HITECH, CMIA and related privacy rules.


Susan Carroll, BA,
is a fourth year PsyD student at CSPP San Francisco. Her research interests focus in learning more about work with trauma survivors and reducing the traumatic impact on children from the escalated conflict between divorcing parents.


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