Assessing & Managing Risk for Self-Directed Violence (Suicide) | June 19, 2019

$300.00 $250.00

7 Hours | 7 CEs (CEUs)

Early registration rate available until June 1, 2019

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University
5150 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022

Program Description

This in-person workshop on Assessing & Managing Risk for Self-Directed Violence Risk (Suicide) is presented by Dr. Brianne Layden.

It is all too often that we see professionals relying solely on their clinical judgement or using predictive tools in their assessments of risk for self-directed violence (suicide). Dr. Layden will discuss the benefits of utilizing the structured professional judgment (SPJ) approach to assess and manage self-directed violence that is both informed by the literature and incorporates clinical judgment. In addition, Dr. Layden will discuss the results of a recent systematic review of the literature on risk factors related to suicide and how these data have informed the development of new SPJ guidelines: The Self-Directed Violence – 20 (SDV-20).

Licensed in California?

This workshop meets the new California requirement for six (6) hours of coursework or applied experience in suicide assessment and intervention 🙂

Wanna join but can’t get to Palo Alto?

If you would like to ‘attend’ this workshop but cannot travel to Palo Alto – consider virtual attendance. This year we are pleased to offer virtual attendance at our summer workshops via ZOOM. Attend from the comfort of your own computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials. Since you won’t be joining us in person (missing out on hard copies, coffee, snacks, and fun swag 🙂 please use promo code ZOOM at registration for a $50 reduction in registration rate. We look forward to having you join us either in person or virtually!

Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding on self-directed violence including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:


  • Describe the nature of self-directed violence and self-directed violence risk
  • Describe the principles of self-directed violence risk assessment focusing on Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) approaches
  • Describe existing SPJ guidelines for self-directed violence risk assessment
  • Describe research evidence on risk factors for self-directed violence
  • Describe the basis for the development of new SPJ guidelines: The Self-Directed Violence – 20 (SDV-20)

About Dr. Brianne Layden

Dr. Brianne Layden obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at Simon Fraser University. She worked with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia, Canada, as a psychology assistant, and with the DBT Centre of Vancouver as a clinical extern from 2012 to 2016. She also worked as a Forensic Psychology Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 2017 to 2018.

In this position, she was responsible for conducting violence risk assessments and evaluations of criminal responsibility, competence to stand trial and need for psychiatric hospitalization. She currently works as a Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International Risk and Safety Services Inc., and is the associate editor of Intelligence, an e-newsletter that keeps professionals up to date about recent advances in threat assessment around the globe through knowledge and experiences shared by leading experts.

Her expertise involves the assessment and management of self-directed violence and personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder, and intersecting risks (e.g., general and self-directed violence). She has provided training workshops and invited presentations for forensic mental health, law enforcement, corrections, security, victim services and higher education, and has co-authored over 50 articles and conference presentations. She is currently in the process of developing structured professional judgment tools for the assessment and management of self-directed violence for adults and youth.

Principles of self-directed violence risk assessment and management

– The nature of self-directed violence and self-directed violence risk
-Principles of self-directed violence risk assessment focusing on Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ)

Assessing and managing risk for self-directed violence

-Administration of the Self-Directed Violence-20 (SDV-20) guidelines

Continuing Education Credit

This workshop is an In-Person Professional Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete a workshop evaluation for this In-Person Professional Training Program. Participants will earn 7 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be given their workshop evaluation upon completion of the workshop.

Board Approvals: APA, CPA, ASWB, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

For in-person workshops we offer a 50% refund up until 2 weeks out from the start date of each workshop. There are no refunds within 2 weeks but will accommodate with access to the online program.​

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