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Afraid to Ask: Talking with Children About Suicide

November 16, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST


About the Webinar

Asking children about suicidal thoughts is terrifying. As parents and caring adults, we don’t want to imagine children could be contemplating ending their life. Adults may struggle with anxious thoughts. Asking, “What if I say the wrong thing? What if they say no – did I just put the idea in their head? What if they say yes, what do I do? Is this my fault?”

This webinar discusses how service providers can assist parents in talking with their children about suicide. This session explores developmental considerations in how to ask about suicidal thoughts, how to be prepared for a yes answer, what role 988 can play, and what to do next.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify developmental considerations in talking with children about suicide
  • Discuss an approach for talking with your child about suicide
  • Identify steps for if youth say “Yes, I have thought about suicide.”
  • Describe how and when to use 988


Dr. Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth

Dr. Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, licensed psychologist and highly experienced public speaker, is an expert in mental health promotion, suicide prevention and postvention, and behavioral health crisis care. Dr. Humphries-Wadsworth provides subject matter expertise to states and territories that are working to prevent suicide among military service members, veterans, and their families. She has over 25 years of clinical experience providing mental health services in remote, rural, and urban settings and has a deep commitment to improving outcomes for individuals with suicide risk and their families.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Continuing Education

The following CE credits will be submitted for this session:

  • Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Programming approval for 1.5 CE credits has been obtained for Social Work, LPCs, and LMFTs from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on November 16, 2025. 
  • Case Managers: This program has been approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board-certified case managers with 1.5 clock hours. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on November 16, 2024. 
  • Certified Family Life Educators: This program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for 1.5 CE credits for CFLEs. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on November 16, 2028.
  • Board Certified Patient Advocates: This program has been approved by The Patient Advocate Certification Board to provide CE credit to Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). The webinar has been approved for a total of 1.5 CE contact hours, of which 0.0 are in the area of Ethics. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on November 16, 2025. 
  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This webinar is approved for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CFCS.**Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on November 16, 2028. 
  • OneOp Certificates of Attendance are available for those interested in documenting additional professional development activities.

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This webinar is Part 2 of 2 with Dr. Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth. We recommended watching the first webinar, Weaving Community Safety Nets for Youth

Photo Credit: SDI Productions, iStock ID 1094681814


November 16, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
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