Suicide Assessment and Treatment through an Interpersonal Lens

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: Shannon Stalnaker, MS, LPC

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Wednesday, March 6th, 2024, via Zoom Interactive Webconference

This presentation is designed to support clinicians in assessing and treating suicidality, utilizing the framework of Joiner’s Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. Participants will be introduced to the core components of the model, which together influence an individual’s risk of dying by suicide. The research suggests that when clinicians feel more confident in their assessment abilities, they are more likely to engage in effective suicide risk assessments and treatment. Throughout the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to explore personal beliefs about suicide, practice strengths-based suicide assessment, and develop comprehensive safety plans.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be able to:

  1. Summarize the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide
  2. Demonstrate strengths-based suicide assessment techniques.
  3. Create a comprehensive safety plan.


  • 8:25am-10:30 am: Objectives 1 & 2
  • 10:30am-10:40am: Break
  • 10:40am-12:35pm: Objective 3 & Wrap-up

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals 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.

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