2018 Annual Meeting of the Membership (includes 1 Suicide Prevention CE)

Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm | 1 Suicide Prevention CE
Location: Lankenau Hospital, Auditorium-Main Hospital Entrance- Lobby A,
100 East Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood, PA (parking included, Garage B)
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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Social hour with light refreshments
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Business meeting and Student Awards
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Presentation: Addressing Suicide: Safety Planning in Clinical Social Work

Clinical Title: Addressing Suicide: Safety Planning in Clinical Social Work
Presentation by: Pete Freudenberger, LCSW

Presentation Summary:

Recent high-profile suicides have raised awareness in society overall and made clinicians even more acutely aware of the responsibility we carry. On average, every four hours, one person dies by suicide in the state of Pennsylvania. Veterans are a particularly high-risk group. Based on CDC data, an average of 20.6 active-duty Service members, non-activated Guardsmen or Reservists, and other Veterans die by suicide each day in our country. After adjusting for differences in age, the national rate of suicide in 2015 was 2.1 times higher among Veterans than non-Veteran adults.

These alarming statistics make it imperative that clinicians and other staff members providing direct and ancillary care to adults in clinical settings are adequately prepared to address suicidal thoughts/ideation. This talk will introduce participants to a specific Safety Planning Intervention developed for veterans and applicable to all populations. It provides people who are experiencing suicidal ideation with a specific set of concrete strategies to decrease their risk of suicidal behavior. In particular, approaches to utilize with suicidal clients who have lethal means available, such as firearms, will be discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to role play a scenario to reinforce their learning.


• List suicide risk factors and warning signs.
• Explain the purpose and general structure of a Safety Plan.
• Describe when it would be appropriate to utilize a Safety Plan with a client.
• Discuss approaches to utilize when clients disclose that they are contemplating suicide and have access to lethal means (such as firearms). Describe and model how a gun lock is used and why means restriction is important (especially if working with a veteran population of which nearly 50% own one or more firearms).

About the Presenter:

Mr. Pete Freudenberger, an Army Veteran, serves as Outreach Manager and a staff clinician at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Pete received his MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and was the first graduate of the PEARLS program (now the Cohen Veterans Network Scholars), which provides specialized training in mental health practice with Veterans and their families. He has spent his career working with private, non-profit, and government-run social service organizations, including the Bucks County Vet Center and the Corporal Michael Crescenz VA Medical Center, where he played an integral role in the HUD/VASH team's efforts to end Veteran homelessness in the city of Philadelphia. Pete resides in Montgomery County with his wife, 4 children, and Willy the elderly feline.

Cancellation Policy:
There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • November 11, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm