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Crisis Response Planning for Suicidal Patients: An Introduction,
presented by Craig Bryan, Psy.D.
September 17, 2018, 2:00-3:30 pm EST
PsychAlive

Description: A widely-used strategy for managing acute suicide risk is the contract for safety, also known as the no-suicide contract. Despite its widespread use across mental health and medical settings, accumulating consensus is that this approach may be ineffective. Alternative strategies such as crisis response planning or the related safety planning intervention have therefore been proposed. Written on an index card, the crisis response plan outlines simple steps for a suicidal individual to follow when in a crisis. Results of a recently completed randomized clinical trial show that crisis response planning reduces suicide attempts by 75% as compared to the contract for safety, thereby supporting the method’s efficacy. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of crisis response planning, and to differentiate the method from other, less effective means for managing suicide risk.

Objectives:

  1. Describe an empirically-supported biopsychosocial model of suicide
  2. Identify the primary motives that drive suicidal behavior
  3. Identify the components of a written crisis response plan to reduce acute suicide risk

More Information and Registration: https://www.psychalive.org/pl_resources/sep-17-crisis-response-planning-suicidal-patients-introduction/

 

Adapting Psychotherapy to the Individual Patient: Evidence-Based Responsiveness,
presented by John C. Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP
October 3, 2018, 6:00-7:00 pm EST
Society of Clinical Psychology

Description: Psychotherapy is a treatment method and a healing relationship fit to the individual patient; however, only in the past two decades has sufficient research been conducted to operationalize these noble intentions into robust matching guidelines. This webinar will review the meta-analytic research and clinical practices compiled by an interdivisional APA task force on 7 effective means of adapting psychotherapy to patient transdiagnostic features. In this way, practice and research converge in responsiveness that demonstrably improves treatment outcomes.

Objectives:

  1. Identify at least 3 methods of adapting psychotherapy that enhance treatment outcomes
  2. Describe evidence-based methods to tailor treatment to the patient’s transdiagnostic characteristics

More Information and Registration: https://www.div12.org/live-webinars/

 

Healing from Trauma,
presented by Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.
November 13, 2018, 2:00-3:30 pm EST
PsychAlive

Description: In this 90-minute Webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone will focus in on tools, techniques, and treatments for recovering from trauma. Her presentation will include: an introduction to psychological first aid, which can be used in or following a crisis; a description of the use of creating a coherent narrative as a method to resolve trauma; a toolkit of techniques for calming down overwhelming emotional reactions; an emphasis on the practice of self-compassion; and an approach to enhancing emotional resilience to reframe thinking around a traumatic experience.

Objectives:

  1. Discuss a framework for helping clients resolve childhood traumas
  2. Describe guidelines for how to help clients develop a coherent narrative for their life
  3. Identify the three key components of self-compassion

More Information and Registration: https://www.psychalive.org/pl_resources/nov-13-healing-trauma/

 

Featuring the Positive Clinical Division’s Leadership
Below you will find information about the Positive Clinical Division’s current leadership team. Thank you all for your effort and contributions to the Division!

Interested in serving in a leadership position? The Division is currently inviting applications for President-Elect. Position terms are 2 years and will begin in August/September 2018. Successful candidates will join Division President, Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D. and the leadership team.

Applications are due August 1, 2018. 

Interested parties should read the Division charter, volunteer role descriptions below, application components, and election process below. For more information, please refer to the Division’s webpage: http://www.ippanetwork.org/divisions/clinical/2018election/

All questions may be directed to clinicaldiv@ippanetwork.org