Suicide and Self-Harm in Adolescents: Effective Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Young People in Crisis

Presented by Tony Sheppard, Psy.D.

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours | Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course is available on demand.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until October 25, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on October 20, 2023.

All too often clinicians are faced with a suicidal or self-harming young person in their office. The despair felt by these youth and their families is frequently palpable. Even the most competent professional can be left feeling overwhelmed and ill-prepared to offer guidance and hope. Therapists and other helping professionals can find it daunting to sort through the legal, clinical, ethical, and personal issues that these serious challenges can bring up. This workshop offers structure, understanding, and hope to professionals. It is only through gaining these for themselves that clinicians are able to show their clients the paths toward recovery. Through the strategies taught in this workshop, the professional can more easily guide youth and their families back to psychological health. Professionals learn key skills in understanding, assessing, and treating suicide and self-harm in a way that protects them and produces better outcomes for their clients.


1. Employ clinical screening and assessment tools to help you determine which clients present the highest risk for suicide considering their use via telehealth.

2. Apply motivational techniques that engage resistant suicidal and self-harming teens in the therapeutic process.

3. Develop strategies for incorporating schools and peer groups into your treatment plans for suicidal and self-harming clients, and communicate how this multi-systemic approach can improve treatment outcomes.

4. Articulate how alternative coping strategies can be introduced in-session to help self-injuring clients manage triggering situations without engaging in self-harm.

5. Communicate how clinicians can foster support among family members with techniques that promote problem solving and communication, and help young people feel in control and part of the therapeutic process. Consider the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on this process.

6. Utilize therapeutic interventions from Dialectical Behavior Therapy to improve your client’s coping skills and interpersonal effectiveness.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Tony L. Sheppard is a licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist with more than 20 years of experience with children, adolescents and young adults. His clinical practice, Groupworks Psychological Services, specializes in using group psychotherapy to treat young people suffering from a number of psychiatric issues including self-harm and suicide. Dr. Sheppard is the author of a training curriculum in group psychotherapy. His clinical approach draws from Interpersonal Neurobiology, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Positive Psychology. He has trained clinicians, educators, nurses, physicians, and others across the country in the treatment of self-harm and suicide. Dr. Sheppard brings creativity, humor and engagement to all of his workshops.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits