Suicide: NOT Talking About It CAN Hurt

On March 9th 2018 by admin
Ana Guerra, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, CCS May 31, 2018 8:30 am - 4:00 pm 3322 College Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360 COST: $75 6 CEU’s

Death by suicide makes the news all too often.  Whether it’s a neighborhood teen or a popular celebrity, no one seems immune.  Regardless of age, gender or SES, individuals plan, attempt and complete suicide on a daily basis.  Friends and family left behind must cope with the aftermath.  Mental Health Professionals are in a position to assist someone contemplating suicide but are sometimes hesitant to do so.  This workshop will explore the “reasons” some contemplate suicide and how the media can serve to influence or educate individuals about this. A brief overview of the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) and other evidenced based tools will highlight skills needed to speak with clients about this complex concept. By discussing suicidal ideation, participants will be better equipped to recognize the potential for suicide in clients, manage crisis and develop age appropriate interventions to support them and caregivers.

6 Clinical CE’s are approved for NJ LCSW/LSW/LPC/LAC/LCADC/CADC/LMFT and PA LPC via approval #173108-1129 issued by NASW-NJ.  CE’s are also approved for NY LMSWs & LCSWs via approved provider #0443.  See FAQ’s. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify pervasive precipitants of suicide.
  • Describe the role of media in suicide prevention or escalation.
  • Discern myths and facts about suicide.
  • Identify risk and protective factors for suicide.
  • Recognize warning signs of suicide.
  • Discuss, practice and apply skills that aid in conducting a basic risk assessment.
  • Explain the significance of speaking with clients about suicide in prevention efforts.


Ms. Guerra, is a seasoned mental health professional with extensive experience in mental health and substance use disorders. She specializes in the treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders and Trauma. Ms. Guerra is an adjunct faculty member of the Social Work Department at Kean University.  She has taught various BSW and MSW courses including “Healing from Trauma” and “Psychopathology”.  She developed the curriculum for the Social Work Department’s first Substance Use Disorder Courses. Ms. Guerra is approved by the Certification Board of NJ to teach initial and re-certification L/CADC courses. She is a trainer for New Jersey Prevention Network as well as other agencies. She facilitates training on variety of topics for mental health, substance use and academic settings. Ms. Guerra maintains a private practice and is also a Clinical Administrator for an Outpatient treatment facility.

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