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CCET workshop to address suicidal behaviors, self-injury

CCET workshop to address suicidal behaviors, self-injury

Alfred State’s Center for Community Education and Training (CCET) will be hosting a workshop on assessing and managing suicidal behaviors and non-suicidal self-injury in children and adolescents from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the Lake Lodge in Alfred.

This workshop will include practical suggestions for assessing suicidal ideation, intent, plans, and related behaviors among children and adolescents. Non-suicidal self-injury, such as cutting, scratching, and burning, will also be discussed in detail.

Risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors will be reviewed. Suggestions for how to manage risk in the outpatient will be detailed, including how to engage in safety planning for children, adolescents, and their parents. Although this workshop will include didactic material, there will be an emphasis on hands-on learning (i.e., role-plays and demonstrations).

The presenter for the workshop will be Dr. Scott R. Anderson, who received his PhD in psychology (clinical track), with a focus on anxiety disorders, behavior problems, and PTSD. Anderson completed his predoctoral internship with the United States Air Force in San Antonio, TX. For three years, he worked with military children and families stationed in the United Kingdom, before completing a postdoctoral fellowship in integrated pediatric primary care at Geisinger Health System.

Anderson has had extensive training in and experience with evidence-based behavioral interventions, parent management strategies, crisis management/consultation, and consultation with schools and medical providers. He recently joined the Behavioral Pediatrics Program at Rochester Regional Health, where he works exclusively with children and adolescents.

Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director of Human Resources and CCET, said, “We are excited to bring Dr. Anderson here to Alfred State to present on this very important topic. Dr. Anderson is an exceptional trainer and has provided training to Alfred State in the past, and I can’t think of a better professional to train our local community of mental health professionals on this topic.”

Registration costs $30 and is required to attend. To register, please email or call 607-587-4015.