Suicide Prevention: Safety Planning as Treatment Planning


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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.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

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

Material Author(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

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