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

Separate registration fee required

Suicide: Assessment and Treatments that Work

Suicide is on the rise in the United States, having gone up 24% between 1994 and 2014. It is the most common psychiatric emergency that therapists will encounter. Recent research has identified suicide-specific therapies that are effective in treating both suicidal ideation and behavior. The problem is that most therapists are not aware of them nor have they been trained in them, so most suicidal clients do not receive these potentially lifesaving treatments. 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 plan for the implementation of these empirically validated, evidence-based treatments for suicide that are fast becoming the standard of care. 

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


In this workshop you will learn to:

  •  Identify the most important techniques/tools for assessing suicidal risk
  •  Recognize innovative and effective suicide therapies which will allow clinicians in practicing   to the standard of care
  •  Activate strategies to minimize the risk of successful lawsuits or sanctions
  •  Find effective coping strategies for the emotional impact of working with clients who attempt suicide or actually commit suicide
  •  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 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 clinical psychologist in private practice and consultant on the management of high risk clients. Dr. Firestone is a regular blogger on Psychology Today and PsychAlive.

Ethics Institute: Psychologists Need to Know…

Important ethical aspects of our professional work as psychologists are only partially addressed at times.  This program will identify several areas of our work that psychologists will want to pay closer attention to and will provide knowledge and skills to address those areas with ethically and culturally sensitive considerations. 

Using a systematic approach to complex ethical dilemmas often encountered in professional practice, presenters will demonstrate through use of case examples and a role play format how to sort through the relevant issues and develop a sound course of action.

Learning Objectives:  After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Parse complex ethical dilemmas into relevant component parts: legal, ethical, and clinical with attention to risk management considerations.
  • Synthesize the relevant issues into an ethically appropriate plan of action.
  • Apply knowledge of current issues in California law to professional practice.
  • Recognize some factors that might affect the chances of a Board complaint being filed against a psychologist.
  • Address our ethical responsibility to address concerns regarding possible colleague ethical violations.
  • Discuss how to address sensitive situations with colleagues ethically and thoughtfully.

  Tamara L. Anderson, PhD, is Interim Dean and Professor of Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University where she teaches Ethics and Professional Issues and Group Psychotherapy.  She has served on the board of Div. II, of the CPA, and currently serves on the CPA Ethics Committee.  Dr. Anderson also has a private practice in La Mirada, CA. 


    David Jull-Patterson, PhD, is a health psychologist and teaches courses in Palliative Care and in Clinical and Ethical Issues at Alliant International University.  Currently a member of CPA’s Ethics Committee, he is an award-winning instructor who is inducted into the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF, where he is a clinical professor in the School of Medicine.

Steven Bucky, PhD, ABPP is a Distinguished Professor, the Director of Professional Training, Chair of the Ethics Committee at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and a current member of CPA’s Ethics Committee.  Dr. Bucky has published more than 60 papers, presented at major conventions and has edited several books. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and of the San Diego Psychological Association. 


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 also represents acute care hospitals, long-term care and behavioral health facilities, adult residential facilities, and individual practitioners.  He regularly advises clients with regard to HIPAA, HITECH, CMIA and related privacy rules.  He is outside legal counsel for the San Diego Psychological Association. 


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