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It is time to think about safety planning in a new way! A holistic idea of safety that includes spiritual, sexual, economic, social, relational, physical, and psychological aspects of people allows for the creation of more effective and personalized care. The idea of safety planning is not disparate from treatment planning and, as research has shown, is only effective when integrated with treatment. This presentation will teach practitioners how to create meaningful treatment/safety plans that will increase insight and autonomy in individuals and families by looking at the history of safety planning, obstacles to successful implementations, current research, and instruction on how to create their own safety plan.


a). Describe the history of safety planning.

b). Name at least two strategies to get “buy in” from clients before completing safety plans.

c). Learn and practice completing a client safety plan.

Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Nathan D. Croy, MA, LCMFT

Material Author(s): Nathan D. Croy, MA, LCMFT

Nathan D. Croy is a clinically licensed marriage and family therapist, practicing systemic existential psychotherapy. He manages a group practice in Overland Park, KS and is trained in Parent Management Training, Trauma Systems Therapy, and EMDR. Nathan has given presentations at schools, churches, foster parent organizations, and businesses on a variety of subjects to address frustration, fear, trauma, and attachment in order to increase healthy interactions and relationships. At Bethel Seminary in San Diego, Nathan earned his masters in marriage and family therapy while providing therapy at the San Diego Rescue Mission for families, children, and individual on an inpatient and outpatient basis. In 2012, he moved to Kansas where he initially worked at KVC in foster care as a Family Service Coordinator before transferring to Prairie Ridge Psychiatric Hospital. Then, in 2014, he was offered a therapy position at The University of Kansas Hospital, Marrilac Campus. While there, the need for families to therapeutically treat existential concerns became very clear, and in response to that need, Existential Family Therapy was created. When not providing therapy, Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife of 14 years and 2 wonderful daughters. His family also has a wonderful dog named Luna (because she barks at the moon).

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