John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and professor of counseling at the University of Montana. He has authored over 100 articles and eight books, including Tough Kids, Cool Counseling (2007), How to Listen so Parents Will Talk and Talk so Parents Will Listen (2011), Clinical Interviewing (6th ed., 2017), and Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice (3rd ed., 2018). Portions of his three-volume video training series, Assessment and Intervention with Suicidal Clients (published with psychotherapy.net, 2019) is featured in this workshop. Workshop Description: Suicide assessment, management, and treatment planning is stressful and challenging. To address the stress and challenge of suicide, this workshop will focus on three broad suicide competencies, including, clinician self-awareness, suicide-relevant knowledge, and specific skills for working with adults and teens who are suicidal. You will learn skills for working with youth and adults who are suicidal, such as, (a) strategies for asking directly about suicide, (b) how to deal with clients who are experiencing deep depression, hopelessness, and irritability, (c) approaches for engaging clients in collaborative suicide assessment and treatment planning, and (d) how to implement interventions designed to reduce suicidality. This workshop will help participants: 1. View disclosure of suicide ideation as a positive part of the counseling process 2. Feel more comfortable and competent when working with clients who talk about suicide 3. Identify and describe four central myths that interfere with competent suicide assessment and treatment 4. Understand limits of suicide risk/protective factors and suicide warning signs when conducting suicide assessments 5. Assess suicidality and client strengths within six common life domains 6. Develop simple and straightforward client treatment plans 7. Practice and apply several brief suicide assessment and intervention strategies Workshop Date and Venue: Research Opportunity and Sponsorship: This workshop is supported by the Big Sky Youth Empowerment Program, Montana Social Scientists, LLC, and John Sommers-Flanagan. To help us to continually improve this workshop and develop tools for working with youth who are suicidal, we ask that all participants complete research questionnaires during the workshop. The research data collection will help us better understand the effects of this workshop on clinician competence and comfort in working with youth who are suicidal. The first and last 20 minutes of the workshop will include completion of research questionnaires. These questionnaires also serve as a preview and review of workshop content. All research participants can also attend a free three-hour follow-up session where we provide further education and discuss the application of workshop content to specific cases. Thanks in advance for completing the questionnaires and contributing to our knowledge regarding the usefulness of this workshop.