Clinical Updates Colloquium

5th Annual Clinical Updates Colloquium

January 8, 2021 -- Virtual

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Morning Session - Suicide Prevention (3 CEs available)

  • Helping the Suicidal Person: Moving Beyond Fear and Defensive Practice

    Client suicide is what mental health professionals fear most in their practice. As a result, many clinicians resort prematurely to emergency interventions or hospitalization, or conduct the suicide risk assessment in an interrogatory or checklist fashion to meet the clinician’s need for information and risk management, not the client’s need for connection and understanding. The risk assessment and safety planning process should be therapeutic, client-centered, and collaborative, while also covering essential details about suicide risk. To that end, this presentation will cover methods for eliciting sensitive information; employing a client-centered, narrative approach in the risk assessment interview; gathering important information about suicidal thoughts, planning, and behavior; estimating acute and chronic risk for suicide; avoiding hospitalization and emergency intervention whenever possible; and creating a safety plan collaboratively with the client.


    Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW

Afternoon Session - Telehealth (3 ethics CEs available)

Stacy Freedenthal

Stacy Freedenthal

Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, writes and teaches extensively about suicide assessment and intervention. Her book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals, was published in fall 2017 by Routledge. Her website, has received more than 5 million visits since 2013. She also has published scholarly articles about the measurement of suicidal thoughts and intent, youth’s help-seeking when suicidal, and other topics related to suicide risk. Dr. Freedenthal is an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and she has a small psychotherapy and consulting practice specializing in assessing and treating people at risk for suicide. She earned an MSW from the University of Texas and a doctorate in social work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Kim Cook

Kim Cook

Kim has clinical and administrative background in outpatient mental health, primarily in faith-based agencies.  She is the Director of Elu: Counseling, Consulting, and Coaching with offices in TN and NC and she was the former Executive Director of CentrePointe Counseling, Inc. which has offices in MD, DC, and VA. She does consulting work with non-profits and has a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and has been a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She offers leadership coaching especially to those in non-profit organizations. In counseling, Kim works with families, couples, individuals, and groups on a variety of issues, including relationships, mental health, spiritual growth, behavioral problems, trauma, parenting, adoption/foster care, and crisis response. She works with children of all ages and is trained in play therapy. She also has extensive experience working with teens, adults, and specific training working with clergy.   Kim has been using telehealth as a modality for three years and is paneled with several major health insurance companies as an in-office and telehealth provider.  She is trained in CISM and does critical incident debriefings and organizational crisis support. Kim maintains her LCSW licensure in Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Continuing Education Credits

A maximum of six (6) continuing education credits are available for social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors (3 credits for the morning only, 3 for the afternoon only, or 6 for the full day).

  • Suicide Prevention - 9 a.m. to noon (3 CEs for suicide prevention available)    
  • Clinical Updates Colloquium - 1 to 4 p.m. (3 CEs for ethics available)