Effective Supervision of Family Based Teams Working with Youth At-Risk of Self-Harm

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructors: C. Wayne Jones, PhD, Shannon Stalnaker, MS, LPC

Cost: This training is free but open only to supervisors working in agencies contracted with CFBT

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Thursday, 4/7/22, Wellspan-Philhaven via Live Interactive Zoom
Thursday, 4/14/22, Norristown via Live Interactive Zoom

Intensive in-home services, such as Family Based Mental Health (FBMH), serve youth who are at high risk for self-harm.  This training, grounded in APA best practices related to the clinical supervision of therapists working with suicidal clients, highlights applications to the unique context of community-based work.  In this treatment context, therapists are connected to the youth’s family and tend to know other important players in the youth’s life.  This, plus having an integrated crisis service built into the program adds an extra layer of support for stabilizing high-risk youth in their own homes.  This interactive training explores the challenges of interrupting the impulse of families and other systems to prematurely send youth with suicidal ideation to an inpatient hospital.  Strategies are discussed for assessing the family’s capacity for keeping a child safe and for supporting families in the process.  Discussion is also devoted to the often competing demands faced by supervisors when there is a crisis or an incident, which can involve a seeming tug-of-war between a focus on client safety, documentation, and supporting the therapists.


As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the three supervisory themes of best practice when working with suicidality.

  2. Identify a minimum of two responsibilities that are unique to FBMHS supervision with suicidality.

  3. List three areas of supervisory need when clients are experiencing a suicide crisis

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health supervisors working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.


8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1 & 2
10:30am-10:45am: Break
10:45am-12:35pm: Focus on Objective 3

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