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Day 1 NHPA Mood Disorder Symposium: Suicide Assessment and Intervention Training for Mental Health Professionals

  • 7 May 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Puritan Backroom, Manchester, NH



Thursday, May 7, 2020

Suicide Assessment and Intervention Training for Mental Health Professionals
With Larry Berkowitz, MPA, Ed.D.
6 CEs

This full-day training is designed to increase knowledge and improve the skills and confidence of clinicians and others who find themselves identifying high-risk youth and adults, and planning for their care. Participants will learn the scope of the problem, review current information on suicide risk factors, and examine personal reactions to dealing with suicidal behaviors. Best practices in risk assessment will be presented and attendees will learn techniques for eliciting suicidal ideation. Issues relative to liability management and planning for intervention will be presented. The training, which was approved in 2015 by the SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, is based on current best practices and reflects the training objectives in the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Research on the effectiveness of this training demonstrates significant gains in knowledge and confidence. This is designed to provide six (6) hours of continuing education

Learning Objectives

This workshop is designed to help participants:

  1. Describe the scope of the problem of suicide.
  2. Provide a clinically accurate definition of suicide.
  3. Manage personal reactions to suicidal clients.
  4. Identify suicide warning signs and risk and protective factors.
  5. Identify ways to elicit suicidal ideation and history of behaviors.
  6. Identify strategies and tools to formulate/assess risk.
  7. Describe ambivalence around suicide and the idea of suicide as a coping strategy.
  8. Describe the value of appropriate postvention and grief support services for individuals and communities affected by suicide loss

Presenter Bio:
Larry Berkowitz, MPA, Ed.D., is the Director and co-founder of Riverside Trauma Center in Needham, MA, and holds an appointment as a Teaching Associate in Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical Schoolhe directed Riverside Outpatient Center at Wakefield, MA –a mental health and substance abuse treatment center. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and was a member of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. A licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts, he has specialties in working with children, adolescents and families. He trains extensively on suicide prevention, assessment and management of suicide, and postvention activities to contain suicide contagion in schools and communities. Dr. Berkowitz has consulted with numerous schools and communities in Massachusetts on trauma responses and clinical issues for the past 25 years, and leads a state-wide behavioral health trauma response network. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Western New England College and a Doctorate of Education in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University.


Breakfast, lunch, mid-morning/afternoon refreshments
included with registration.

~Thank you to our sponsors~


Payment options ~ Credit Card or Check
Choose "invoice me" if you would like to mail in payment


Cancellation Policy: 

Refunds, minus a 35% cancellation fee, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course (on or before April 23, 2020). No refunds or vouchers will be made thereafter. No-shows are not refunded.

Inclement weather policy: 

In the event that NHPA has to postpone or reschedule the training conference, a voucher equivalent to the full price amount of what was paid for the conference will be issued. If NHPA has to cancel the event with no postponement or reschedule date, a full refund will be given. Please be sure that NHPA has your up-to-date contact information (email/text/phone). Any weather cancellations or postponements will be made no later than three hours prior to an event. Should you have questions or concerns about whether an event may be changed due to weather, please check the NHPA website, www.nhpsychology.org or call the NHPA office at (603) 415-0451.

Attendance policy:

Full attendance is required to obtain CEs per NHPA policy. No partial credit will be given. Those who attend the workshop and complete the evaluation form will receive six continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits and will not be eligible for the 15% premium discount described below.

This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association.  NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


The New Hampshire Psychological Association is a 501c6 non profit organization.  Our mission is to  advance the field of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.


NHPA PO Box 1492 Dover, NH 03821
Phone: 603-415-0451 
Email: office@nhpsychology.org

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