Ethics & Suicide Prevention Training
March 29, 2019
1:00 - 4:15 pm
Ethical Concerns in Working with
Individuals at Risk for Suicide:
Looking Across the Lifespan
Ken Norton, MSW
Clinicians and others working with suicidal individuals may face ethical and legal challenges. Provision of effective clinical practice requires clinicians to recognize and examine their own personal values and attitudes as well as respecting and understanding those of their clients. Clinician’s response and service to clients must be provided in a competent manner, with recognition of the strengths and needs of the individual and within the context of ethical codes and standards.
The workshop will provide an overview of issues such as dignity and worth of the individual, self-determination, informed consent, confidentiality and death with dignity/physician assisted suicide. Case Scenarios representing challenging ethical situations with suicidal individuals across the lifespan, and specific excerpts from various professional codes of ethics will be used to highlight these issues. While some of the material in the workshop may be specifically directed toward clinicians, the concepts discussed will be useful for anyone working with individuals at risk for suicide.
Three (3) Category I Clinical CEUs in Ethics and Suicide Prevention have been applied for from NASW NH - pending approval.
About the presenter:
Ken Norton is Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in New Hampshire (NAMI NH). He lead the development NAMI NH’s Connect! Suicide Prevention program which is a national best practice program in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention which has provided training in over 40 states and 5 countries. He has served on numerous local and national committees and workgroups including being a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Steering Committee. Ken has also served as a subject matter expert for the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration and has presented throughout the US, as well as internationally on issues related to mental illness, and suicide prevention. Ken has personal experience dealing with mental illness and suicide from the family perspective, is a former foster parent and has also worked extensively in community mental health and crisis response as a licensed clinical social worker. Ken is the recipient of the 2008 NASW NH Social Worker of the Year Award and a proud member of NASW.