Using a Mood Scale for Suicide Assessment
by John Sommers-Flanagan

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Discover how incorporating a simple but powerful mood scale will advance your competence and confidence working with suicidal clients, and can open the door to rich, meaningful conversations about suicide.
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Working with suicidal clients can be anxiety-provoking, and often therapists are unsure exactly how to assess suicidality and even what words to use when talking about it with their clients. John Sommers-Flanagan has spent his career learning from, teaching about and treating clients along the broad spectrum of suicidality, and honing a highly effective style of intervention.

In this short video, Sommers-Flanagan shares an effective, research-validated tool for identifying triggers and protective factors in your suicidal clients while assessing their current risk. Simple and straightforward, this mood scale has the added advantage of being an approachable way to initiate conversations about suicide and lays the groundwork for deeper conversations on this important topic. presents Mastery in Minutes

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Length of video: 0:07:52

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-579-3

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-579-3

John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD, is a professor of counselor education at the University of Montana. He is also a clinical psychologist and mental health consultant with Trapper Creek Job Corps. He served as executive director of Families First Parenting Programs from 1995 to 2003 and was previously co-host of a radio talk-show on Montana Public Radio titled, “What is it with Men?”

Primarily specializing in working with children, parents, and families, John is author or coauthor of over 50 professional publications and nine books. Some of his latest books, co-written with his wife Rita, include How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen (John Wiley & Sons, 2011) and Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice (2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2012), Clinical Interviewing (5th ed., Wiley, 2014), and Tough Kids, Cool Counseling (2nd ed., ACA, 2007). In his wild and precious spare time, John loves to run (slowly), dance (poorly), laugh (loudly) and produce home-made family music videos.
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