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Play Therapy Techniques to Address Suicide Risk in Black Youth

All Brown School professional development workshops will be hosted online through Spring 2022.
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April Duncan, DSW, LCSW, RPT-S
Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Preferred registration deadline: December 3rd

This workshop will be conducted in a virtual Zoom meeting format.

3 CEUs

Rates of suicide in Black youth have been rising over the past few years, but little attention has been made to these children suffering in silence. Black youth experience unique stressors that aid in the thoughts and actions of suicidal behavior. Research has shown that psychological distress is linked to high rates of discrimination and microaggressions, which contributes to thoughts and acts of suicide for Black children. Mental health professionals must be skilled in identifying the key signs of suicide risk that Black youth may exhibit in their play. Time will be spent exploring play themes that may reflect signs of trauma, grief, or suicide risk and play techniques to help adequately support Black youth through suicidal ideation and behavior.

This class meets the Missouri requirement for at least 2 CEUs in suicide continuing education each licensure period.

General Admission: $60**
Class size is limited to 40.

**Discounts on workshop admission are offered to the Brown School’s students, alumni, and field instructors. We also offer a discount to full-time graduate students in other programs and to our Washington University faculty/staff colleagues. No other discounts are available. Admission discounts apply automatically in your cart, based on your profile in our registration software.

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