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Thursday, November 5 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Managing Self-destructive & Suicidal Behaviors: Evidence-based, Creative Approaches

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Active listening, empathy, and knowledge of human behavior are three tools that are crucial to effective treatment of self-destructive and suicidal tendencies, as well as essential skills in improvisational theatre. This Master Class offers clinicians from any discipline the chance to hone these skills while also experiencing the power of interpersonal play and self-expression. Particular attention will be paid to the value of the improvisational technique for trauma survivors, suicidal individuals, and burned-out mental health professionals. Participants need not come from a particular method or discipline, although concepts from Dialectical Behavior Therapy will be used throughout the presentation. All that is required is an ability to be honest about your own practice and to take risks in a supportive environment.

Eligible for 6.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Sarah Hartung, PLPC

| Sarah Hartung, PLPC, is a therapist at Castlewood Treatment Center, a residential eating disorder treatment center in St Louis, where she works with adult and adolescent clients suffering from eating disorders, PTSD, and co-occuring anxiety disorders. She facilitates weekly groups in areas of mindfulness, improv, spirituality, and empowerment. Sarah also oversees the direct care department at Castlewood where she trains staff in... Read More →
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Bob Nickles, LCSW

Clinician, ChildSavers
Bob Nickles, LCSW, works as a child and family therapist at ChildSavers in Richmond, VA. Prior to this, he has worked as an adolescent therapist at a trauma counseling center in Saint Louis, MO, and also as a therapist in private practice. Bob has also studied improvisational theatre and believes in the power of togetherness and creativity to hold burnout at bay.

Thursday November 5, 2015 10:00am - 5:15pm
University Center: The New School 63 Fifth Avenue (corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street)