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WAFCA-CE Effective Interventions for Self-Injury and Suicide in Youth
Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Category: WAFCA CE Training

Workshop Description: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI; e.g., self-cutting, self-burning) occurs in up to 20% of adolescents and represents a risk factor for suicidal behavior; although, many who engage in NSSI are not suicidal. Suicide attempts and deaths continue to rise within adolescents across the united states and represents the 2nd leading cause of death in this age group. The high rates of NSSI and suicidal thoughts/behaviors requires that the professionals who work with adolescents are knowledgeable about these behaviors and equipped to provide best-practice care to help reduce and manage risk.  This workshop will provide the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to provide good care to youth struggling with NSSI and/or suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

This workshop will engage participants in learning about best practices for intervening with and monitoring NSSI and suicide risk in youth. Participants will leave with workshop with practical tools they can use in their work with youth the very next day. Following the session, participants will be able to:

     1. Describe the difference and relationship between NSSI and Suicidal Behaviors
     2. Identify specific features of NSSI related to increased suicide risk
     3. Use a risk-formulation framework to guide decisions about suicide risk & care of youth with NSSI
     4. Apply evidence-based techniques to improve the quality of assessment data obtained
     5. Describe and use specific treatment strategies to reduce NSSI and risk for suicide in youth

About the Presenter:

Jennifer J. Muehlenkamp, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She received her doctorate from Northern Illinois University after completing her clinical internship within the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, specializing in adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Muehlenkamp is an internationally renowned expert on non-suicidal self-injury and suicide; having published nearly 100 research articles and book chapters on the topics of assessment, treatment, and risk & protective factors. She is a co-author of two books (Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Advances in Psychotherapy) and is a regular consultant to mental and behavioral health professionals in her region. Dr. Muehlenkamp’s scholarly work has been honored with awards from the American Association of Suicidology and Self-Injury Awareness Network. She has received over $2 million dollars in local and federal grants from SAMHSA and the National Institute of Mental Health to support her work. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Muehlenkamp is the director of her University’s Suicide Prevention and Research Collaborative, she is a board member of her State and County Suicide Prevention Coalitions, and she is Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury. She brings her knowledge, expertise, and clinical experiences to life within her workshops to ensure all participants walk away with useful tools they can use in their practice.



 This training is being provided with funding support from the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.




For additional training and resources available through the MHTTC, visit their website.

WAFCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6778. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Visit the WAFCA-CE registration page for more information on fees and policies. 

Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA)
16 N Carroll St, #750
Madison, WI 53703  (608) 257-5939 


Contact: Rachel Kruse: [email protected], 608.257.5939