Effective Suicide and Crisis Intervention Using Telehealth
Webinar 7

Effective Suicide and Crisis Intervention Using Telehealth

HELD: Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 10:00am-11:30am (PST)

Please join us for the webinar: Effective Suicide and Crisis Intervention Using Telehealth.  This is the seventh webinar in the 12-webinar series, Minimizing Disruptions in Care Through the Use of Behavioral Telehealth (Video and Phone). The goal of this webinar is to increase skills to manage suicidal behavior and crises using telehealth. The webinar will include a focus on developing safety plans.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Participants will be able to apply the four phases of Motivational Interviewing to suicide intervention with a suicidal client.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least two ways to ask directly and clearly about suicide when determining if a client is experiencing suicidal ideation.
  • Participants will be able to list the six steps for creating a safety plan to deactivate suicidal means, employ protective factors, and build client networks when working with a suicidal client.
  • Participants will be able to describe at least one characteristic that differentiates risk factors from warning signs for effective suicide and crisis intervention with clients.

This webinar series is intended to not only build skills in telehealth, but also to highlight some of the learning from the field in offering behavioral telehealth services. We want to hear from you, so please bring your innovations, success stories and learning from your own transition to telehealth resulting from COVID-19.


Kristin Dempsey is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and professional clinical counselor (LPCC). She has provided psychotherapy in the Bay Area for almost 25 years in public non-profits and county mental health settings, schools, and medical clinics. Her current psychotherapy practice is located in San Francisco and Burlingame.

Kristin’s areas of clinical interest include treatments for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, complex trauma in childhood and adolescence, eating disorders, panic/anxiety, and many behavioral challenges such as anger management and impulse control disorders. She has worked with adults, senior adults, transitional age youth, adolescents, and children in individual, family, and group modalities.

In addition to clinical work, Kristin trains providers in a number of evidence based and promising practices. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and has experience teaching and training cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive behavior therapy for psychosis (CBTp), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is a master trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), and has been trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) to assess trauma impacts in youth and adults. Kristin also provides additional programmatic consultation regarding behavioral health system redesign and implementation of evidence-based practices.

Kristin is engaged in behavioral health workforce development research and organizational change projects. She is especially interested in investigating and promoting best practices to recruit and retain underrepresented clinicians in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields.



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