Professional Workshops: Elevating Education

 

Catalyst Counseling, PLLC offers free and low-cost trainings to mental health professionals/agencies, community partners, and wellness providers in the greater Metro Area. The trainings offered are formatted to create a safe place for curiosity, discussion, and hands-on learning of new clinical tools and skills. It is the hope that each participant will engage in a meaningful learning environment to catalyze professional growth and awareness. Trainings are scheduled throughout the year based on interest and can be catered to specific organizations. Please contact us to discuss your training needs!


Innovative and Interactive Approaches to Suicide Assessment and Safety Planning

This workshop will

  • Identify and discuss known risk factors in suicide assessment and prevention as well as safety planning strategies to address symptom management and treatment planning with a person at risk. 
     
  • Explore the latest research on suicide assessment, including innovation and demonstration of the Community Assessment and Coordination of Safety (CACS), an interactive web application where clinicians and helping professionals can conduct an electronic suicide risk assessment, safety plan, and connect to appropriate resources to support a person at risk. 
     
  • Discuss the implications of technology on the assessment and coordination of safety and suicide, to be explored by helping professionals in measuring engagement, authenticity, and accuracy of risk and response in our diverse communities.
     

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will recognize and explore the interaction between risk and protective factors when engaging a person at risk in a formal suicide assessment.

  2. Participants will practice engagement of a person at risk in suicide assessment and treatment planning to support symptom management.

  3. Participants will identify documentation and resource needs to support a person at risk.

  4. Participants will explore the latest technology supporting suicide assessment and safety planning in order to evaluate the appropriateness and efficacy of utilizing technology to engage a person at risk.

I enjoyed learning about the ALERT acronym. I think it makes it easier to work with clients and understand them.
— April 2018
Suicide assessment is less scary to me now!
— April 2018
Interactve with the “client” helped break up the presentation with relevant discussion.
— April 2018

self-harm, suicide assessment and safety planning

The likelihood of professionals encountering self-harm and suicidal ideation in their practice is high for populations suffering from mental illness. Assessment tools, clinical steps taken, and documentation of efforts as a helping professional are vital to the well-being of both client and clinician during times of high stress. This presentation will identify and discuss differences in self-harm and suicidal ideation as well as safety planning templates and community resources that could increase safety in response to emotional escalation, suicidal ideation, increased aggression, substance abuse, and conflict in the home. This presentation will allow participants to explore the Community Assessment and Coordination of Safety (CACS) web application including risk assessment, resources, and safety plan template.

 

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to recognize the difference between self-harming behaviors and suicidal ideation in order to identify and implement appropriate interventions.

  2. Participants will be able to recognize the clinical language and documentation required in response to client crisis.

  3. Participants will examine State-wide resources to support clients in crisis and provide these resources to clients in crisis as appropriate.

  4. Participants will be given an introduction to a mobile and online risk assessment platform and resource directory to support clients experiencing mental health challenges or crisis.

“Best I have seen on suicide, self-harm, and safety planning, very updated and contemporary.”
— July 2017
“I appreciate the content, links to more resources, group engagement and case studies!”
— July 2017
“I loved this presentation b/c it really hit home for me and I could relate to a lot of your material.”
— December 2016

Professional Helper Healing: Supporting Boundaries to Prevent Burnout

Engage helping professionals such as CNAs, personal care aides, mentors, CASA workers, and caregivers in exploring needs and strengths to support a healthy work environment.

 

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will identify personal strengths and values as they contribute to sense of fulfillment in professional roles and job duties.

  2. Participants will identify areas of growth in self-care and positive coping in response to stressors.

  3. Participants will identify areas for growth around healthy boundaries in personal and professional spheres.

  4. Participants will identify and practice communication and conflict resolution skills in safe and supportive ways.

“I really liked the activities, they brought home the points of boundaries.”
— August 2017
“Varied activities that really made you stop and think. Had time for interactive activities and activities that were for you to reflect on your situation.”
— August 2017
“[The workshop] was good for all-I was afraid would be geared to medical field.”
— August 2017

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation must occur a minimum of 7 days before the scheduled event in order to receive a full refund.

Registration

Through Eventbrite once scheduled.