Coping with Suicide in Your Practice
This three hour course will give you information and resources for dealing with the unfortunate event of suicide amongst either your own caseload or that of someone that you office with or supervise. You will be given specific resources and suggestions for how to proceed, both as a provider in interacting with your peers, your administration, as well as the family of the loved one. The instructor will bring his 20+ years of working with suicidal clients as well as consultation with other programs within the metropolitan area who have suffered the loss of suicide within their program. This course will be an excellent resource for both clinicians and their supervisors as well as administrators who need to support their clinicians as well as respond to family members in their darkest hour. This is a difficult and challenging topic and all individuals participating should be aware that the specifics of method of suicide will also be discussed as part of this presentation.
Course will focus on specific skills related to grief and loss as well as self-care for the individual and leadership skills for individuals in positions of authority. Much of this will be based on the work of Dr. Marshall Linehan as well as Matt Knock, an expert in the field of suicidology.
Primary methodology will be reviewing specific skills and tasks within a didactic format via zoom. Instructor will also include examples from his 20+ years of working with suicidal clients and consulting with various programs upon the loss of a client. Course will also allow individuals to bring up their own personal examples as they feel comfortable and get specific feedback in regard to how best to move forward.
11:00-12:00 review of literature around suicide as well as vulnerabilities for providers.
12:15-1:15 review of resources available for providers as well as teams dealing with suicide.
1:15-2:15 review of impact, resources, and grief and loss for families of suicide victims.
Dr. Miller worked for 16 years in the University of Minnesota psychiatry department both as an assistant professor and instructor as well as team lead for the dialectical behavior therapy program at the University of Minnesota. The program treated suicidal individuals between the ages of 12 and 70 with an average census of 50 to 60 patients at any given time. Dr. Miller has also consulted with various programs within the state of Minnesota as well as nationally and been called in on several situations and circumstances of a suicide within a DBT program. He is a graduate of Adler Graduate School and the Minnesota School of Professional Pychology.