Assessing the Risk: Interviewing, Understanding and
Managing Suicidal and Self Injurious Clients
Kirk Woodring, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., C.G.P.



Although suicide rates over the past decade have gradually declined, suicide attempts, and parasuicidal behavior, continue to increase in frequency across the country. Assessing for risk requires not only understanding the intensity of ideation, the plan, and the means, but also knowledge of cultural, racial and socio-economic pressures that may potentiate risk.  This workshop will provide an analysis of the clinical and social factors influencing risk, as well as tools to use for interviewing and intervening with high risk individuals.