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🎧 Saturday Workshop Series: Assessing, Evaluating, and Managing Suicidal Ideation, Whether Passive or Active, with Dave Jensen, JD

  • Sat, January 16, 2021
  • Sat, January 23, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Sat, January 16, 2021, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Sat, January 23, 2021, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Online Via Zoom Sat. Jan. 16 & Sat Jan. 23 | Advance Registration REQUIRED


  • This price is available only to members of the Redwood Empire, San Francisco, and East Bay chapters of CAMFT

This event has passed, but the audio recording is available for Marin CAMFT members in our Podcast Audio Library!
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This six-hour workshop was held over two successive Saturday mornings and satisfied the one-time BBS mandate for suicide prevention that is required for LMFTs and applicants who renew their licenses or become licensed after Jan. 1, 2021. (Note: While this recording is available in Marin CAMFT's Audio Library, CEs are not provided for listening to this event recording.)

Workshop Description

There is no likely no greater issue for a psychotherapist to know how to address than the difference between active and passive suicidal ideation. True Tarasoff situations are rare statistically, but, given the levels of depression and hopelessness in the world today, every psychotherapist needs to know how to assess, evaluate, and manage suicidal ideation, whether passive or active. In this 6-Hour course, which counts towards your BBS requirement for this subject, attorney David G, Jensen will explore the clinical, legal, and ethical requirements for psychotherapist when it comes to assessing, evaluating, and managing this most-important issues.

This class will be broken into two 3-Hour sessions, held on two successive Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon both days. Session 1 will review two strategies for assessing, evaluating, and managing suicidal ideation, whether passive or active. Mr. Jensen will explain why the acronym, S-A-D P-E-R-S-O-N-S may not be the best approach to assessing, evaluating, and managing suicidal ideation, whether active or passive. He will also review the one document that he believes every psychotherapist should have immediately accessible at their desk or on their phone!

In Session 2, Mr. Jensen will review the worst case of malpractice he has found in the area of suicidality. This case is a reminder of the importance of having a solid plan ahead of time for assessing, evaluating, and managing suicidal ideation, whether active or passive.

As a result of these two sessions, you should:

  1. Learn a simple but comprehensive approach for assessing and evaluating suicidal ideation, whether active or passive.
  2. Learn some effective phrases to include in your notes to help you document that you have met the standard of care for psychotherapists in this area.
  3. Be able to explain the differences between complying with the standard of care and violating the standard of care when it comes to assessing, evaluating, and managing suicidal ideation, whether passive or active.

The presenter, David Jensen, JD, is a popular and sought-after presenter of Legal and Ethical workshops for California LMFTs. David served as a CAMFT staff attorney for 15 years and is now in private practice with Callahan, Thompson, Sherman & Caudill actively representing LMFT's in legal and regulatory procedures.

  • Advance Registration is required for this Zoom workshop.
  • Attendance is required at both weekends to fulfill BBS requirements for this course.
  • Location:  Online via Zoom. Zoom link and Password will be emailed upon registration. 

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be video recorded. By registering for this event, you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your name, likeness, and/or video of you as an attendee. In addition, audio and/or video recordings of this event may be posted on the Marin CAMFT website and therefore available for others to review. By registering for this event you are consenting to be recorded and are aware that the recording may be accessed by others who did not attend the event. If you ask questions or make comments during this event, be aware that your questions, name, and/or voice may be contained in this recording.


    Licensed Marin CAMFT Members $95

    Licensed non-Marin CAMFT members $105

    Pre-licensed Marin CAMFT members: $45

    Licensed Reciprocal non-Marin CAMFT Members $95*

    * Licensed Reciprocal non-Marin CAMFT members are members of the Redwood Empire, East Bay, or San Franscisco chapters of CAMFT.

    • Information: For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series and about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director, Pat Saunders.
    • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation. We regret that we are not able to offer CE units to Psychologists at this time.
    • Refund Policy: Refunds are available for this program if requested at least seven days prior to the event. Please email the CE Director with refund requests or questions. There is a $20 administrative fee for refunds.
    • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the CE Director.
    • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.
    • CE: This two-weekend workshop meets the qualifications for six (6) hours of continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that we are not able to offer CE units to Psychologists at this time. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents contact Pat SaundersCE Director for more information.

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    PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

    (415) 459 3484

    Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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