Specialization Track: Biblical Counseling for Crisis and Trauma
No word brings more alarm, fear, pain, or concern than suicide. The statistics surrounding suicide are alarming: Over 40,000 Americans die by suicide every year. These are hurting people who desperately need our help. The Suicide “PAIR” Certification Program, developed through Light University and the American Association of Christian Counselors, brings together some of the world’s foremost counseling experts. This innovative curriculum offers what you need to incorporate effective prevention and intervention strategies for your practice or ministry! Cutting-edge techniques include the SAFE-T method and are designed to help educate and equip you.
SUI 101: The Dynamics of Suicide: What, Why, Who and How
A spiritual battle takes place every day between light and dark, and suicide risk is a battleground. In this presentation, Jennifer Cisney Ellers describes factors that increase suicide risk, as well as common methods, risk factors, and ways to help.
SUI 102: Choosing to Die: A Model of Understanding
Jennifer Cisney Ellers reviews Dr. Thomas Joiner’s model of understanding how and why suicide occurs. It is important for caregivers to provide preventative support, education and training in these situations.
SUI 103: A Theology of Suicide: Biblical Principles and a Christian Response
Our Christian response to suicide needs to be one of confronting bad theology and thinking; encouraging people against using trite statements and, instead, urging good theology and practices; and practicing the ministry of presence. Ultimately, we can trust the Lord and know His love is powerful.
SUI 104: Mental Illness and the Epidemiology of Suicide
Suicide is a complex issue with multiple contributing genetic and environmental factors. Mental illness is a key factor in identifying someone as having a predisposition for suicide. Methods are discussed, along with common triggers and general warning signs. Protective factors and prevention strategies are important in dealing with people in suicidal crisis.
SUI 105: The Digital World, Sociology and Suicide Risk
Today’s culture is one of distraction. Technology is everywhere and impacts how we relate to the people around us. This extensive technology brings negative influences on our lives. More and more people are fitting into the category of languishing rather than flourishing and thriving. An epidemic of loneliness and isolation is leading to an increase in suicide.
SUI 106: The Ethics of Suicide Intervention
During ethical decision making, the mental health provider should identify the problem and potential issues involved, know and review all ethics codes, laws, regulations and policies, obtain consultation, consider all possible courses of action, choose what appears to be the best course and follow through, and document the process and outcomes.
SUI 107: Suicide Prevention and Intervention with Adults
This lecture is critical for anyone working with adults in a caregiving setting. Participants will discover risk factors for suicide. Key scripture and biblical examples of depression are reviewed. Definitions of prevention and intervention will be explored. Dr. Scalise and Jennifer Cisney Ellers will describe why prevention is the best intervention and outline protocol for suicide intervention, including the A.C.T. and S.T.O.P methods.
SUI 108: Suicide Prevention and Intervention with Adolescents
Suicidal behaviors, suicidal ideation, and non-suicidal self-mutilating behaviors (SMB) are issues surrounding today’s adolescents. Today’s youth may engage in SMB to stop bad feelings, feel something (even if it is pain), punish themselves, relieve feelings of numbness or emptiness, feel relaxed, or give themselves something to do when alone.
SUI 109: Conducting a Suicide Assessment: Using the Safe-T Model (with role plays)
In this session, Dr. Gary Sibcy reviews and unpacks the Safe-T 5 Step Evaluation & Triage System for Suicide Assessment developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Through three role plays, Dr. Sibcy demonstrates how to use this method with clients of varying suicide risk level.
SUI 110: Families in Crisis: The First 48 Hours Following Suicide
Discovering the body of someone who has committed suicide or receiving a death notification can be traumatic to the point that the chemistry of the brain changes in the immediate aftermath. Throughout this tumultuous time, caregivers can provide emotional and practical support that minimizes further secondary wounds to survivors.
SUI 111: Grieving a Suicide: Long-term Support for Survivors and Loved Ones
In this session, Jennifer Cisney Ellers and Dr. Eric Scalise will describe the complicated grief that follows a suicide and the experience of survivors. Strategies to facilitate healthy grieving and healing are outlined. Viewers will also learn what is unhelpful and how to avoid responses that cause further alienation and shame for survivors.
SUI 112: Caregivers in Crisis: When Clients Take Their Lives
Counselors who have lost a client to suicide often describe the event as one of the most profoundly difficult experiences of their professional careers. In this session, you will learn how to prepare or care for yourself in the event of a client’s suicide, and you will learn how to care for other clinicians who have experienced this devastating event.