Florida Parishes Human Services Authority held a 3-day workshop on "Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Depression and Suicidality" for the agency’s clinical staff. The presenter was Rosanna Sposato, Psy.D. from the Beck Institute. The focus of the workshop was to learn how to conceptualize depressed clients, plan treatment based on an individualized conceptualization, establish the therapeutic relationship, instill hope, and use effective cognitive and behavioral strategies to motivate clients to complete homework, modify their maladaptive thinking and behavior, and solve problems on their own. Staff learned how to more effectively elicit and respond to clients’ feedback, measure progress, and prevent relapse. The third day of the training focused on identifying and assessing suicidal clients, implementing specific strategies for preventing and managing suicidal crises, and ethical issues.
This is just one of the many measures the agency is taking to reduce suicides in the community by screening and identifying risk factors for suicide and implement safer practices to reduce suicides. CBT for suicide prevention is a form of psychotherapy that has been found to be effective for suicide prevention. It helps suicidal individuals understand their suicidal mind set and develop skills that will allow them to cope more effectively with suicide triggering situations and prevent the recurrence of a suicidal crises. Being well informed about suicide is crucial in the battle to prevent the needless loss of precious lives.