What To Do When a Client Mentions Suicide

  • 01/14/2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom

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Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

Presenter: Dr. Michael Marx, PCC

CCEU: 1 Ethics Core Competency 

Description: 
Suicide is a topic no one likes to discuss. Yet discussing it is very needed. There is a real possibility that someone will reach out to their coach for help for themselves or – more likely – for someone else. This presentation will give you the basics you need for such a conversation. Coaches listen well, ask powerful questions, and help the client formulate an action plan. A layman’s suicide intervention is very similar. The only difference is the action plan becomes a safety plan. 

Breaching confidentiality is sometimes necessary when a client threatens harm – either to themselves or someone else. This webinar will center on the actions a coach can take when the red flags go up and provide ample time for Q & A to address relevant concerns. 

Learning points: 

1. Becoming sensitive to some of the signs of someone who may be considering self-harm; 

2. Learning how to engage in a productive discussion about the topic of suicide/harm, rather than avoiding the topic; and, 

3. Knowing what community resources are available for suicidal individuals, such as local mental health professionals, emergency clinics, and suicide hotlines.  

Presenter Bio:

Michael J. Marx, MBA, EdD, PCC, CPCC.  Michael is an ICF Professional Certified Coach specializing in business coaching and corporate consultation. Dr. Marx has served as the leader of the ICF ‘Global Community of Practice on Ethics.’ He also serves on the ICF Independent Review Board and Leads Ethics Code Review Team for the Interpretive Statements. Additionally, he is a past-president of Christian Coaches Network International and the author of Ethics and Risk Management for Christian Coaches (2016). Recently he and his team have founded a non-profit call Coaching Suicide Awareness.  




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