Culturally Competent Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents with Self-Harming and Suicidal Behaviors

Presented by Carolina Hausmann-Stabile, PhD

Course Description:
Engagement in self-harming and suicidal behaviors begins and peaks during adolescence. These behaviors can carry long lasting consequences as they are associated with negative mental health outcomes, including depression and substance abuse. The assessment and treatment of self-harming and suicidal behaviors poses many challenges for clinicians, in part because most youth presenting them are reluctant to engage in treatment.  This workshop will discuss the prevalence, presentation, assessment, and treatment of self-harming and suicidal behaviors among youth ages 14 to 24. The discussion will emphasize understanding risk disparities by gender, ethnicity, immigration status, and culture. Clinicians will gain assessment and treatment tools from a cultural and developmental perspective.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate coherent, evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies for advanced clinical practice with youth ages 14 to 24 presenting deliberately self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation or thoughts; suicidal verbalization, often in the form of suicide threats; intentional self-harm (whether or not there is intent), and suicide attempts.
  2. Demonstrate advanced clinical skills related to implementing culturally competent evidence-based interventions for this population.
  3. Articulate advanced understanding of the impact of social, cultural, and family dynamics in the practice of clinical work with self-injurious and suicidal adolescents and families, and then translate this into suggested tasks for improving clinical practice.

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Carolina Hausmann-Stabile is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work, in the College of Public Health at Temple University. Dr. Hausmann-Stabile received her PhD in Social Work in 2013 from Washington University in St Louis. After that, she completed a NIMH Post-doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Health at Rutgers University in Health Care Policy and Aging Research.

Dr. Hausmann-Stabile is a bicultural and bilingual researcher. Her current work applies sociocultural perspectives to the study of suicidal behaviors among minority youth in the United States, and among adolescents in Latin America.  Dr. Hausmann-Stabile’s scholarship contributes primarily to the understanding of the dynamics behind the high prevalence of suicide attempts among Latina adolescents.

Date:   March 8, 2016            Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.

9:30-10:30am:  Introduction: Youth engagement in self-harming and suicidal behaviors
10:30-11:15am: Presentation and assessment:  Youth engagement in self-harming and     suicidal behaviors
11:15-11:30am:  Break
11:30am-12:15pm:  Developmental and culturally competent intervention related to                                                 psychiatric diagnosis and functional level among youth with self harming and suicidal behaviors
12:15-1:15pm:  Lunch on your own
1:15-2:35pm:  Design of developmental culturally competent treatment plan for youth       presenting self-harming and suicidal behaviors
2:35-2:45pm:  Break
2:45-3:45pm:  Evaluating treatment outcomes perspective among youth with self-             harming and suicidal behaviors from a culturally competent perspective
3:45-4:00pm:  Summary and course evaluations

Target Audience:  Clinical and school social workers, mental health professionals, administrators, psychologists, counselors, case managers. This course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level participants.

Continuing Education Credits:
FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2014 – 01/10/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers will receive 5 Continuing Education Credits (3 Clinical, 2 Cultural Competence) for participating in this course.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Course #614. Social workers will receive the following credit: 5 hour(s) (3 Clinical, 2 Cultural Competence) for the approval period starting 12/22/2015 and ending 12/22/2017.

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.
FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health and substance abuse agencies and self-help centers until February 19, 2016. After February 19th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $35 fee.  Course fees include materials and continental breakfast. Cancellations must be made by March 4, 2016. Refunds will be not be issued for registrations cancelled after March 4th.

Registration for this training is full and has been closed.
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Directions, Parking, & Facilities:
For general directions, please click here. Detailed directions and parking information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

For information on nearby lunch options, please click here.  There is also a small cafe on-site at RVCC.

If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 or by email at

Grievances: Please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.


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