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COAP Workshop: Clinical Practices and Resources for Suicide-Safer Communities
Friday, December 02, 2022
Category: COAP

Clinical Practices and Resources for Suicide-Safer Communities

Presented by Cheryl Emerson, MS, NCC, LPC
Hosted By Central Oregon Association of Psychologists 

About this event
Friday, December 2nd, 2022  |  9:00 am until 1:00 pm PST
4 hours Continuing Education Credit
Cost: $45 – $110

Location: OSU Cascades, Room TBD
1500 SW Chandler Avenue  |  Bend, Oregon 97702 

Coffee and Snacks will be provided if In-Person*
This workshop will be capped at 80 participants

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Our intention is for this workshop to take place in person, but it may be changed to an online format if not safe for groups to meet in person due to COVID-19. If we have to switch to an online version due to a rise in COVID numbers or changes at the venue, we will do our best to make a determination at least 2 weeks prior to this workshop date.

Workshop Overview: Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States with over 45,000 deaths in 2020. In the same time period an estimated 12.2 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.2 million attempted suicide.

Engaging in ethical practice requires core competency in awareness and understanding of suicide as well as essential clinical skills to address it.

In this training, we will look at suicide through the lens of our cultural experiences, values, biases, and attitudes. We will consider suicide care as a social justice issue through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens(DEI).

Our focus will be to understand the importance of relationally mindful and client-specific assessment. We will explore the components of collaborative and compassionate safety planning with attention to the imperative of creating safety with lethal means. We will describe evidence-based approaches to treatment interventions and management.

To enhance the accessibility of care, a panel of community partners will offer a myriad of resources for a suicide-safer community.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify suicide risk and protective factors, warning signs, cultural challenges in suicide care, and pertinent data
  • Describe the intersection of suicide prevention, social justice, DEI
  • Explore core competency: attitudes, beliefs, language, self-care
  • Increase understanding of and access to community-based supports
  • Expand knowledge of evidence-based practices for suicide safety: assessment, safety planning, lethal means, management, and treatment choices

About the Presenter: Cheryl Emerson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in private practice in Bend, Oregon. She specializes in trauma-informed therapy and offers counseling to adults, couples, and families presenting with a wide variety of concerns. Cheryl holds a Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Mental Health and is a Board Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Central Oregon has been home for Ms. Emerson and her family for nearly three decades. During that time she has been active in and passionate about suicide prevention efforts and advocacy. She has trained and collaborated with local, regional, and statewide groups, agencies, and organizations. She speaks at conferences and offers consultation to various organizations, colleagues, and community members in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention, and other forms of ‘sudden death.

In addition to her counseling practice, Ms. Emerson has been an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters in Counseling program at Oregon State University-Cascades (OSU-Cascades). She is a certified trainer in the suicide prevention model Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR), a Master trainer in the suicide intervention model Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), certified to deliver the associated ASIST TuneUp program, and a certified suicide postvention trainer in CONNECT. She has served on a variety of Advisory Councils including the Leadership Team of the Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance (COSPA) and the affiliated Primary Care and Community Outreach workgroups. She has consulted in primary care workflows and lethal means protocols. She also served on the OSU-Cascades Health and Wellness Advisory Council. She currently serves on the Central Oregon EMDR Therapist Network Steering Committee.

Costs: COAP uses an online registration process that accepts credit and debit cards. The lowest registration rates are associated with early registration, we encourage you to sign up early to make sure you have a spot. This workshop is limited to the first 80 participants who register.

The following fee structure is set to be equivalent to a virtual workshop, so if we need to host the workshop virtually no refunds will be issued for payments already collected. If the training takes place in-person, COAP will offset the extra fees as a courtesy to participants.

Registered by 11/22/22
COAP Member: $80
Non-COAP Member: $95

Registered after 11/22/22
COAP Member: $90
Non-COAP Member: $110
Student Rate $45

*Membership in COAP is limited to Central Oregon-based active and retired psychologists, residents, and psychologist associates. You must be current with COAP dues to register at the membership rate. Please note that you need to be current with your dues for the 2022-23 year by the time of this conference or else you may be billed for the non-member rate. Yearly COAP dues are $25 and are collected via the Cheddar Up website (a small fee will be charged by cheddar up) each September. Please use this link to pay dues: https://coap-membership-2022-23.cheddarup.com/. 

We welcome all allied mental health practitioners to our workshops (at non-member registration rates); receiving Continuing Education credits from various Licensing Boards has not been problematic, assuming the topic meets your Board’s criteria. 

**A $20 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations up to one week before the workshop. There are no refunds for cancellations during the week of the workshop. Registration fees will not be refunded for dissatisfaction with the training or for no-shows.

Refund Policy: Contact the organizer to request a refund. Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Students are invited to attend for $45. Please be prepared to submit a copy of your student identification card as proof of your student status.

Questions can be directed to [email protected]
Check out the COAP website for additional information https://www.coapworkshops.org