DSW Candidate – Ashley Allen, LCSW, ACSW, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Proactively Preparing Mental Health Professionals to Cope after Client Suicide

DSW Candidate – Ashley Allen, LCSW, ACSW

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Proactively Preparing Mental Health Professionals to Cope after Client Suicide

This capstone presentation explores the need for proactive training to address client suicide with social workers and other mental health professionals. Client suicide is, unfortunately, a frequent event in the mental health field and can be a traumatic experience for clinician-survivors. This project addresses the need for training and present practice solutions for this problem by presenting the findings of three papers that complete the capstone project.

The first product, the systematic literature review, addresses the research question: what proactive tools from an organizational perspective are currently used to address client suicide with mental health professionals? The presentation describes the literature review that was conducted and presents the findings. The second product, the conceptual paper, presents a conceptualized training plan rooted in social learning theory.

The third product, the practice application paper, builds upon the conceptual paper to offer a training curriculum that organizations can deliver to staff to address the realities of client suicide proactively. Together, these three products demonstrate a need for proactive interventions to address client suicide with mental health professionals, discuss the theoretical foundations of successful training interventions, and provide a curriculum that organizations can use to provide proactive intervention and support to their teams.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify three benefits of proactive training with staff.
  2. Participants will be able to name five concepts training should address.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss potential emotional reactions or other potential outcomes clinician-survivors may experience.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.