Suicide Risk Assessment: Considerations for On-Site and Telehealth Practice

Presenter:        William J. Lorman, JD, PhD, PMHNP-BC, NCPsyA

Location: Live Video Conference

(details for connecting will be provided after registration is received)

Two Sessions Offered:

May 19th: 12pm-2pm

May 27th: 7pm-9pm


Most mental health professionals view suicide attempts and completed suicide as an aberration.  Consequently, there is often a lack of preparedness for such an event when it does occur.  This presentation will cover demographics and theories of suicide, identification of risk factors, warning signs and protective factors, specific treatment issues and management pearls when working with patients who verbalize ideation, engage in suicide attempts or threaten or complete suicidal behavior.  Additionally, the presentation will cover areas specific to utilization of telehealth when assessing, identifying and providing successful interventions in the suicidal patient.


  1. Identify elements of the risk assessment for suicidality.
  2. Describe risk and protective factors.
  3. Recognize warning signs indicating suicidal behavior.
  4. Address care of the therapist in the event of patient suicide.
  5. Identify special issues related to the practice of telehealth in the presence of psychiatric emergencies.

Continuing Education for Counselors and Social Workers

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The State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors has preapproved NBCC as a provider of continuing education courses and programs for Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Clinical Social Workers.