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By the end of the course, the Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist will be able to:
-Name five theories regarding why an adolescent may choose suicide.
-Name three warning signs for teen suicide.
-Name three aspects of addressing thoughts and feelings with a suicidal teen client.
-Name four steps in a crisis intervention model for a suicidal teen client.
-Name six risk factors for teen suicide.
-Name four steps in the Hook technique.
-Name the first four myths the families of suicidal teen clients may have about suicide.
-Explain the percentage of adolescents may have considered suicide.
-Name four barriers to communication between adolescents and parents that may compound a teen’s suicidal crisis.
-Name four parenting skills for setting limits that can help a teen in a suicidal crisis.
-Name four techniques available to parents to help foster independence in a teen undergoing a depressive or suicidal crisis.
-Name the three steps in the safe place technique.
-Name two focus areas for family change following a teen client’s suicide attempt.
-Name four brief techniques that may help suicidal teen clients cope with negative self-thoughts.
-Name the four psychosocial factors to be considered regarding adolescent suicide risk.
-Explain what factor accounts for the increased risk of suicide in gay adolescents.
-Explain what factors contribute to teen vulnerability regarding limited decision making skills, poor problem-solving abilities, and irrational decision making when overcome by stress, intense affect, or inescapable conflict.
-Explain what did Zayas propose about influencing factors in the suicidal behavior of adolescent Hispanic females, especially ethnic Puerto Rican females.
-Explain the factors in mother daughter relations have been linked to the suicide attempts of adolescent females.
-Explain the factors regarding depression in adolescents make it difficult to diagnose.
-Explain what may be an effective treatment for depressed adolescents.
-Explain what may reduce the gap between males and females in suicide rates in the future.
-Explain what did Manor’s article note about this treatment approach; Although for many years there has been an assumed connection between suicide and psychosis, resulting in the practice of placing adolescents who attempted suicide in hospital psychiatric wards for observation or treatment.
-Explain when does the wish to die arise and when do suicidal tendencies develop.
-Name three myths and misconceptions about suicide that parents, teachers, mental health professionals, and the adolescent population itself are not made aware of.
-Explain the first step in what can become a long-term healing process.

"The instructional level of this course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced depending on the learners clinical area of expertise."