California Society for Clinical Social Work

Professional Development | Advocacy | Connection

(San Diego) Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Risk Management

  • Saturday, April 04, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Jewish Family Service 8788 Balboa Ave. San Diego, CA 92123



Presenter: Kim Bozart, LCSW


This training meets the new one-time mandatory 6-CEU requirement from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention training for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs renewing their license on or after January 1, 2021, as well as Associates applying for their LCSW, LMFT or LPCC on or after January 1, 2021* 

Suicide has become an epidemic across the United States. Rates have increased substantially over the past two years with suicide becoming the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10-34. These rates are alarming and the negative impact is sadly leaving its mark on today’s society. The good news is that the healthcare professions are seeing an increase in individuals seeking services. This six-hour suicide prevention course will help equip providers with the skills to assess and treat these individuals.

This course provides an overview of the prevalence of suicide, risk assessments, evidence based screening tools and interventions to assist professionals in providing more comprehensive care to individuals at risk of suicide. You will learn to recognize warning signs, including gender and racial differences in suicide, to develop a strength based & client centered safety plan, and how to effectively assess a suicidal client for the most appropriate level of care needed to balance client autonomy vs. safety. This also includes a review of the Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5150/5585 which governs involuntarily hospitalization. The course will also teach how to concisely document the assessment, including risk & protective factors and the safety plan. This course will also introduce the powerful tool of Postvention and the facilitation of healing from grief and mitigating the negative effects of exposure to suicide both on a personal and a community level. This training is interactive and requires participant engagement to practice skills introduced in the workshop. The material in this course is appropriate for both pre licensed (licensure track) and licensed professionals.

Learning Objectives:

Participants of this workshop will be able to:

  1. Recognize warning signs and factors that increase the chance of a suicide attempt
  2. Assess clients for suicidal thoughts, plans and behaviors
  3. Recognize both risk and protective factors
  4. Determine when hospitalization is indicated and navigating the process
  5. Document the full assessment and outcome in a clinically sound manner

About the Presenter:

Kim Bozart, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working in this field for over 20 years. She is the current Board Chair of Survivors of Suicide Loss and has served in this capacity since 2018. She currently works as a clinical supervisor with the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT), which provides field assessments to individuals in crisis that come into contact with the 911 system. Kim is also an adjunct professor at Miramar College focusing on training Law Enforcement on how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness and ways to effectively communicate with individuals. She has been licensed in California for 10 years and also holds a New York state license. Kim has been developing and conducting trainings to Law Enforcement, MH professionals, and community members throughout California on mental health, crisis intervention, and suicide. Her experience also includes residential treatment facilities for adolescent girls and providing wraparound services in the home to youth and their families.

This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

Cost: $115 for members, & $140 for non-members.

Cancellation Policy

  • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
  • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
  • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

District Main Point of Contact:
Ros Goldstein | Email:

The San Diego Chapter of CSCSW holds its meetings on the first Saturday of the month from September through June  from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Jewish Family Service building, 8788 Balboa Avenue in Kearny Mesa. Meetings begin with a half hour of mingling, networking, and community building, followed by our program. CEU programs meet the requirements for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs as specified by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; CEUs are FREE to our members.

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