Working Online with Suicidal Clients in the Age of COVID
by John Sommers-Flanagan

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How has the rapid shift to online therapy affected the way we work with suicidal clients? Victor Yalom and John Sommers-Flanagan discuss how to effectively engage, assess and monitor suicidal clients in the age of online therapy and the impact that COVID has had on suicidality.
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Changes brought about by the global pandemic have increased feelings of uncertainty, distress, and isolation for suicidal clients as well as the clinicians who work with them. In this Mastery in Minutes video, Victor Yalom interviews renowned expert John Sommers-Flanagan about working remotely with suicidal clients and how COVID has affected suicidality. Their conversation sheds light on some special considerations clinicians need to address when working remotely and guidance on building strong therapeutic relationships in an online therapy space as well as ways in which remote therapy can actually enhance work with suicidal clients. 

By watching this interview, you will learn important tools for building a strong working alliance despite the distance of teletherapy and how you can better help clients reduce their distress and develop tools to cope more effectively during these troubling times. presents Mastery in Minutes

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Length of video: 0:16:39

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-595-5

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-595-3

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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