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Suicidality in the LGBTQ Community

with Raji Edayathumangalam, MSc, PhD, LCSW
Saturday, October 22nd, 2022; 10:00am – 3:00pm EST

This workshop will offer 5 NYS Continuing Ed credits. 

Often, people who experience suicidal thoughts feel terribly alone, distraught, and disconnected from themselves and others. Often, friends, family, and professionals miss the warning signs that may only take someone’s asking to be revealed, or may be very hard to detect when a person strongly safeguards their need for privacy with their suicidal thoughts and intent.

Have you ever found yourself sitting with such a patient who may be at suicide-risk, and in turn, you are scared and confused, and unsure of how to be with the patient’s predicament, or what to think, say, or do? Are you unsure of how to document suicide-risk; whom and when to speak with about a patient’s suicide-risk and what to report; and about patient-clinician confidentiality in such an instance? Have you wanted to know more about suicide-risk in the LGBTQ community and in other groups of people who have distinct risk factors and are statistically at higher risk for suicide? Do you have a lot of clinical experience on this topic, and would like a refresher while contributing to others’ learning?

This interactive workshop will allow early clinicians and experienced clinicians alike to learn and contribute critical insights, skills, resources, and supports, so that the next time a patient walks in the door, you feel even more equipped and supported to work effectively and comprehensively with the patient for ongoing suicide-risk assessment, documentation of risk formulation, and treatment. The workshop will actively engage participants through case examples, role-play, and other activities.

About the Presenter:
Raji Edayathumangalam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Raji is a staff psychotherapist at ICP with the PCGS division. She also works as a forensic social worker in direct practice and policy roles in a public defender organization. Raji was formerly employed in an Office of Mental Health licensed clinic in East Harlem where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and other mental health conditions. Raji also has teaching experience in social work graduate courses on advanced clinical practice, motivational interviewing, and stigma and discrimination in mental health.

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