October 02, 2020

Risk Assessment and Crisis Intervention for Suicidal Adolescents: Practice Guidelines for Telehealth Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic  

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Originally presented: Friday, October 30, 2020

1.0 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT)

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About the presentation:

Suicide rates in youth have been steadily increasing in the United States, with Utah having one of the highest incidences of youth suicides. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a collective stress on the community and healthcare system.

In a time when hospitals are overburdened, and the risk of exposure is high in healthcare settings, inpatient hospitalization and Emergency Department visits for suicidal patients should be minimized. However, the rapid shift to practicing psychotherapy via telehealth encompasses unique challenges for providers treating youth at risk for suicide.

Dr. Rowley will present research-based practice guidelines on assessing and treating suicidality in youth via telehealth, with a focus on safety planning and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills. Ethical concerns will be discussed, as well as special considerations for treating diverse populations that are at risk for suicide, including LGBTQA+ and black adolescents.

About the presenter:

Laura Rowley, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist. Laura obtained her doctorate from Wayne State University. She completed her APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Primary Children’s Hospital as a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy team for adolescents and families. She is currently on the DBT team at the Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment providing services for adolescents and adults.