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Mental Illness and Suicide Risk Implications for Child Safety and Well Being

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: Line Workers, who are interested in increasing their knowledge to more effectively work with clients who are mentally ill and/or suicidal

Intended Objectives:

  • Trainees will review the four mental illness diagnoses most often associated with suicide risk.
  • Trainees will identify the implications of parental mental illness on the safety and well-being of children.
  • Trainee will be able to describe and discuss all elements of a suicide assessment.

Topics include:

  • DSM IV and decision making trees
  • Personality Disorders
  • Depression and Suicide Risk
  • Application of Suicide Assessment

CalSWEC Competencies Addressed:

2.16 Social Worker understands and can appropriately utilize authority and power in professional relationships.

5.2 Social Worker is able to critically evaluate the relevance of intervention models to be applied with diverse ethnic and cultural populations.

7.2 Social Worker demonstrates the ability to recognize potential for violence, suicide, and other potentially harmful behaviors.

AFSA Outcome Objectives Addressed:

  • Child safety
  • Child well-being
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