Skills for Navigating Suicidality in the Playroom

Details: Friday August 6, 2021 from 9am – 12:15pm at UMSL

Session Description: Play therapists need to be ready to respond to crises involving suicidal ideation and intent. This session uses a culturally-informed lens to review suicidal risks and warning signs in young children referred for play therapy. Play therapists in school and clinical settings will learn skills to use for targeted and play-based screening, assessment, and intervention for children and families. 

Learning Objectives:
After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify common suicide warning signs and risk factors for young children referred to play therapy 
  2. Describe approaches for screening and assessing for suicidality during play therapy
  3. Demonstrate skills needed for suicide assessment and intervention to support children and families during play therapy

Instructor: Emily C. Brown, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, NCC

Dr. Emily Brown is the Director of the Play Therapy Institute @ UMSL. She is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program at UMSL and teaches graduate courses on play therapy. Her research focuses on counseling services provided to children experiencing loss, crisis, and trauma. Dr. Brown is also a Certified Trainer for Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR), an evidence-based suicide prevention program. She has over 15 years of experience using play therapy in school and clinical settings.