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Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk in Children and Adolescents

About the Course:

This article presents a pragmatic approach to assessing and managing suicide risk in children and adolescents. First, general recommendations for conducting risk assessments with children and adolescents are presented, followed by an algorithm for designating risk. Next, safety planning is discussed as an easy-to-implement approach for intervening and managing suicide risk when working with children and adolescents. A case example is given illustrating the implementation of risk assessment, risk designation, and safety planning with an adolescent client and her mother.

This course is based on the article, Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk in Children and Adolescents created by Jeremy W. Pettit, PhD et al. in November of 2018.

Publication Date:

Cogn Behav Pract. Nov 2018

Course Material Authors

Jeremy W. Pettit, PhD

Dr. Petit is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Florida International University. Jeremy Pettit conducts research on depression, anxiety and suicidal behaviors in childhood and adolescence. His research also focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions for these behaviors. Pettit is the author of two books and more than 100 research articles and book chapters.

Victor Buitron

Victor is a graduate student at Florida International University. His interests include the development of novel assessment and therapeutic strategies for youth internalizing disorders, and the intersection between suicide-related behaviors, interpersonal processes, and youth psychopathology. He has given multiple presentations.

Kelly L. Green, PhD

Dr. Green is a Senior Research Investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and is a licensed psychologist. Her research focuses on the development, evaluation, and refinement of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for suicide prevention. Dr. Green’s clinical expertise includes cognitive behavioral interventions for the treatment of suicidal ideation and behaviors, in addition to mood and anxiety disorders in adults and adolescents. She provides training and consultation in effective suicide care and in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to clinicians in diverse settings internationally.

Course Creator


Hana Kuc is a Licensed Mental Heath counselor and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor who has been working in the field for 13 years. In that time she has worked as a counselor, therapist, educator and director. Hana has specialized in working with clients on medication assisted treatment, who are in recovery from opiates, and are also diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe recommendations for assessing and designating suicide risk.

  2. Discuss interventions and safety planning for suicide risk when working with children and adolescents.

  3. List minimum documentation requirement following a suicide risk assessment.

Course Material

References begin on page 16.

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Course Number 102930
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