UMSL Addressing Suicide in Play Therapy
Suicide is an issue that affects people of all race, genders, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, age, and sexual orientation. As mental health professionals & play therapists, we have a duty to clients of all ages to effectively identify, document, and treat clients who are at risk of harming themselves. This 3-hour workshop will provide professionals with play therapy skills to provide ethically-sound support to clients through the use of the play therapy process. Attendees will learn how to identify issues of self-harm in a child’s play as well as play therapy interventions that can be implemented to support safety both in and out of the playroom. Participants will:
- Identify “red flags” that may signal issues around self-harm during the play therapy process
- Develop play therapy skills to help clients who are at high-risk for suicide.
- Construct documentation and play-based treatment goals to effectively treat clients at risk for suicide.
*This training will count towards the mandatory 3-hour suicide training requirement for the State of Missouri Counselors & Social Workers*