Human Services Network of Colorado

Navigating a Behavioral Health Crisis: Knowing the Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Suicidal Ideation

  • 05/17/2021
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
  • 43



Stigma and shame often prevent real conversations about real moments of crisis. Suicidal ideation is not discriminatory; anyone regardless of age, gender, cultural affiliation, or familial context can struggle with suicidal thoughts. It is important, as professionals and allied service providers, to take any suicidal ideation seriously. This workshop will raise awareness about how to unpack suicidal ideation, assessment and diagnostic criteria, safety planning, and relevant community resources.

Participants in this workshop will be able to:

    • Describe signs that a person is potentially in crisis
    • Ask questions that assess their client’s state of mind
    • Persuade their client to stay alive and seek assistance
    • Refer their client to the appropriate treatment resource
    • Length of workshop: 3 hours with built-in Q & A

Breaks: 2 ten-minute breaks

Presenter: Dr. Mita Johnson

Dr. Johnson has degrees in biology, counseling and counselor education and supervision. She has been a counselor for 30 years, consultant for 20 years, clinical supervisor for 15 years and higher learning educator for 10 years. She holds several credentials including licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed addiction counselor, master addiction counselor, and certified telemental health professional. Dr. Johnson is a core faculty member at Walden University’s School of Counseling MS program. She teaches, trains, and speaks nationally and internationally on numerous topics including ethics, diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and substance use disorders. Dr. Johnson is the President-Elect and Ethics Chair of NAADAC. She is passionate about understanding how psychopharmaceuticals and illicit substances influence the body systemically.

Eligible for 3 hours Certificate of Completion

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