Clinical Approaches to Suicidality: Collaborating with Patients to Make Life Liveable

Noelle Lefforge, Ph.D. and Amelia Black, Ph.D.

05/29/2020 at 9:00 am - 4:15 pm


6 CE Credits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop is available for live online streaming only. Participants will be able to communicate with the instructor in real-time during the course of instruction.

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About the Workshop:

Why do we continue to see suicide rates rise despite increased knowledge and resources? Are there common practices and ways of viewing suicidality that may actually be contributing to the problem? This workshop is about shifting clinical approaches to suicidality away from keeping patients from killing themselves and toward co-creating lives worth living. Integration of the most up-to-date science of suicidology creates maps for clinicians to elevate their practice, while reducing the toll that working with highly suicidal individuals can take.

      • Through presentation, demonstration, and participation, we will be covering the following:
        Drivers of suicidality that are amendable to psychotherapeutic treatment.
      • How to implement Collaborative Assessments and Managements of Suicidality (CAMS), regardless of overarching theoretical orientation.
      • Increased understanding of the ways that even the mental health community may contribute to stigma and thus drive increasing suicide rates.
      • Solid suggestions for working more effectively with suicide.

There will be ample opportunities to observe demonstrations of effective assessment and treatment of suicidaility, as well as for questions and answers.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify drivers of suicide that increase patients’ capacity to die by suicide
  2. Assess for drivers of suicide in patients to accurately predict suicide risk
  3. Implement interventions for drivers of suicide that are amenable to treatment
  4. Collaborate with patients to create safety plans
  5. Identify alternatives to hospitalization for suicidal patients
  6. Appropriately document work with suicidal clients
  7. Explain necessity for collaborative approaches to treat suicide


This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology. Seating is limited, so register early!

About the Speakers:

Noelle Lefforge, Ph.D., joined the faculty of the UNLV Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in 2011 and is an Associate Professor-in Residence. In 2014 she became the Assistant Director of The PRACTICE. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UNLV in 2010 and she has been employed by UNLV since 2000. She is primarily invested in training doctoral level graduate students to become highly competent health service psychologists. Dr. Lefforge’s duties include developing and teaching clinical courses, providing clinical supervision, and administration of the psychology training clinic. Currently, she teaches principles and practice of psychotherapy, diversity issues in professional practice, and group psychotherapy.

She co-directs the program’s training clinic, The Partnership for Research, Assessment, Counseling, Therapy and Innovative Clinical Education, or, The PRACTICE: A UNLV Community Mental Health Clinic. The PRACTICE is a sliding scale clinic where graduate students provide therapy and psychological assessment services to the community. This training clinic offers graduate students the opportunity to learn clinical functions under intense faculty supervision utilizing state of the art video and video-analysis technology. In 2019 the clinic was internationally recognized with the Association of Psychology Training Clinic Innovation Award.

Dr. Lefforge serves as the Senior Faculty Senator for the College of Liberal Arts. She is one of the Faculty Senate representatives on the 2019 Advisory Presidential Search Committee. She has served as the Chair of the Psychology Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, as well as a member on the College of Liberal Art’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, UNLV’s Mental and Behavioral Health Coalition, and UNLV’s Interprofessional Education workgroup.

Dr. Lefforge takes an integrative approach to psychotherapy. Her interventions are particularly informed by attachment-based therapy, emotion-focused therapy, dialectic behavior therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy. She has received specialized training working with professionals (e.g., doctors, lawyers, business professionals, entertainers) struggling with mental health issues. She conducts research on clinical outcomes, patient experience within healthcare organizations, cultural factors, and the inner experience of emotions and depression.

Dr. Lefforge is the President of the Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) and the Nevada Representative to American Psychological Association’s (APA) Council of Representatives. She has served as Treasurer, Legislative Subcommittee Chair, ECP Committee member, and CE Committee member for NPA. Legislative Committee Chair. She has also been an item developer for the Nevada State Board of Psychological Examiners. She graduated from APA’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology and Emerge Nevada. She received the James Mikawa Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to psychology in 2018.

Dr. Lefforge received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010 and her Master’s in Healthcare Administration in 2016. She was UNLV Honors College’s 2019 Alumna of the Year and received the UNLV Office of Community Engagement 2019 Service-Learning Award on behalf of The PRACTICE. She has worked in the Las Vegas community as a practicing psychologist since 2012. Dr. Lefforge’s CV

Dr. Amelia Black received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Brigham Young University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Los Angeles County Psychology Internship in corrections, where she provided services for incarcerated men and women with severe mental illness. Dr. Black also has experience working in university counseling and private practice settings. She is currently a Kagi Postdoctoral Fellow at The PRACTICE: A UNLV Community Mental Health Clinic, where she is pursuing a focus in group psychotherapy.

Dr. Black has developed a deep passion for group psychotherapy across her training and clinical experiences, and has extensive experience and training in a variety of approaches and styles of group, including interpersonal process, DBT, CBT, ACT, expressive arts, Seeking Safety, and psychoeducation. She views interpersonal themes and here-and-now processing as inherent and vital across all styles of group.

Dr. Black’s theoretical approach is interpersonally and existentially based and she incorporates interventions from a variety of styles of therapy in order to best meet client needs and treatment goals. She is interested in the impact of culture and diversity on mental health services and training. Dr. Black provides supervision to graduate level trainees who are training in individual and group psychotherapy. Dr. Black’s CV

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General Information:

Handout Materials

Handout materials will be sent out electronically to all attendees no later than May 22nd, 2020. Printed handout materials will not be available as this presentation has bee moved to an online event through Zoom.

Workshop Location

The workshop will be live streamed through Zoom to those registered for the training. Detailed instructions on how to log into the presentation will be sent out to each attendee by email. Attendees are view-only participants who will be able to interact with the presenter through Q&A and chat options.

Refunds & Grievance Policies

Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050. An administrative fee of $30 will be charged for cancellation of registration. Please note, no refunds will be granted after 5/15/2020.


Approved by Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners. Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. NPA will issue certificates of completion. APA CE rules require that we only issue credits to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving before the entire workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

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