Wellspring Counseling Announces New Suicide Training Workshop Series

The 2012 Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Treatment and Management Act requires six hours of mandatory training for mental health professionals in Washington State.  

Seattle, WA (Nov. 7, 2013) – Wellspring Counseling has developed eleven 2014 workshops to fulfill a new requirement for Washington state mental health professionals to be trained in suicide assessment, treatment, and management. Washington is the first state in the country to require suicide training for licensed therapists, counselors, psychologists, and social workers.

The one day, six-hour workshop curriculum is based on requirements established by the Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management Act signed into law in 2012 by Governor Christine Gregoire. Beginning January 1st, 2014, the law requires that mental health professionals licensed in the state of Washington complete six hours of training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management. Unless exempted by the law, certified advisers and counselors, occupational therapists, and chemical dependency professionals must also complete the training.

Developed for practitioners by practitioners, our workshop will not only provide professionals with a specific, protocol-based approach to understanding and assessing suicide, we’ll integrate these approaches into ways that private and agency-based practitioners can really use,” according to R. Keith Myers, LICSW, who serves as VP of Clinical and Training Services for Wellspring Counseling

Presented by Myers and Jeffrey Sung, M.D., the workshop uses lecture and video-based educational tools to address suicide assessment, treatment, and management as encountered in diverse clinical settings from emergency assessment to long-term psychotherapy. Video examples of suicide assessment and management have been produced specifically for this workshop and will be used to supplement the educational content.

According to Sung, the workshop will, “address suicide assessment and management in ways everyone can use regardless of theoretical orientation; psychodynamic theories of understanding suicide; the communicative aspects and unconscious processes that contribute to suicide; and the treatment of the underlying conflicts and dynamics that contribute to suicidal ideation and intent.”

The workshop is co-sponsored by the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.

Learn more about the 2013-2014 Suicide Training Workshop Series.

About the Wellspring Counseling

For over 60 years, Wellspring Counseling is been a trusted source for psychotherapeutic and educational services in the greater Seattle community. A division of Wellspring Family Services, Wellspring Counseling’s Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond branch therapists work with individuals, couples, and families to cultivate emotional health and wellbeing.

About The Matt Adler Assessment, Treatment and Management Law

In 2012, the Washington State legislature passed the Matt Adler Assessment, Treatment and Management Act. The law goes into effect January 1, 2014, and requires licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, psychologists, and licensed social workers to complete a training program in suicide assessment, treatment, and management. There are certain exemptions for state or local government employees and community mental health workers whose employers provide at least six hours of suicide training every six years. For licensed counselors not exempted by the law, the first training must be completed during the first full continuing education reporting period after January 1, 2014 or the first full continuing education period after initial licensure, whichever occurs later. These hours will count toward the total thirty-six hours of continuing education required every two years under current law. The Act states that approved suicide training programs must cover training in suicide assessment, including screening and referral, suicide treatment, and suicide management.