Title: Families & Suicide Risk: A 1-Day Navigate Training

Friday, March 6, 2020 
The registration period has closed for this event.

Time: 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM


The goal for this training is to prepare social work and marriage and family therapy practitioners to handle the common challenges faced by families in which a family member has had suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide.


This training will include 6 modules that combine lecture and experiential activities. Each module will also include handouts and/or worksheets, some of which will be used to guide role plays to practice skills learned in each module. Participants will also be given a manual with slides and relevant descriptions.


Laura M. Frey, Ph.D., LMFT


Dr. Laura M. Frey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Assistant Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. She has extensive clinical experience providing suicide risk assessments and crisis intervention with individuals and their families. She studies the intersection of family processes and mental health. With funding from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, she is currently researching family dynamics after an adolescent attempts suicide.

Workshop Description

Whether working with youth or adults, we have all seen how family dynamics can either help or hinder suicidal feelings. Often, family members desperately want to help but do not know how. This training will give participants the tools they need to address common challenges faced by suicidal individuals and their family members. They will leave with a better understanding of suicide risk, what family members can do, and tip sheets for talking directly with individuals and their families.

The materials will be covered across 6 modules, each of which includes PowerPoint presentations and an experiential exercise. Module 1 addresses how to instruct family members in how to recognize warning signs for suicide and how to initiate the conversation about suicide with their loved one. This module includes a handout for use with families and a worksheet to think through common barriers to communication. Module 2 walks participants through how to help suicidal individuals determine to whom and how much they want to disclose and how to help family members have positive reactions. It includes a worksheet to use with suicidal individuals and a handout to use with family members. Module 3 includes steps for setting up individual and family-based safety plans, and ends with two worksheets to use with both as well as an experiential role play. Module 4 focuses on how to help family members develop rules for how to communicate with others after a suicidal crisis. It includes a worksheet to use with families and a video clip to use for review. Module 5 focuses on how to help families process previous interactions that damaged trust and connection following suicidal ideation or attempts. Module 6 focuses on how to help suicidal individuals articulate reasons for chronic suicide ideation and how to prevent fatigue in family members. It includes worksheets and a role play to practice new skills.

“At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will….”

1. be able to instruct family members of warning signs for suicide risk and list ways to talk about suicide before a crisis occurs.

2. be able to guide clients in helpful ways to respond after a loved one attempts suicide.

3. be able to list the components needed to increase effectiveness of a safety plan

4. be able to instruct families in how to develop communication rules specific to their family dynamics.

5. be able to facilitate enactments between family members to process previous negative interactions.

6. be able to guide suicidal individuals in processing chronic ideation.

Continuing Education Credits



Please note: This training does not meet the Suicide Prevention CEU required by KRS 210.366




$50- Students


Lunch will be provided

Practice Level


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Approved by

Kentucky Board of Social Work- Approved



Please note: This training does not meet the Suicide Prevention CEU required by KRS 210.366


University of Louisville Shelby Campus

Burhans Hall, Room 22A

440 N. Whittington Parkway

Louisville, KY 40222


Free Parking Available


About Us


The Center for Family and Community Well-Being (CFCWB) advances the well-being of vulnerable populations through the development and dissemination of evidence based practices, technology driven innovations, and research to address complex social problems such as violence and trauma, poverty, injustice, and disparities in health and mental health. The Center offers a unique hub for the translation of research into practice and partnership into synergy.

For more information, please contact:

Becky F. Antle, MSSW, Ph.D.

Professor and University Scholar

Director, CFCWB


(502) 852-2917