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Jensen Suicide Prevention Peer Protocol© 

"Loving concern - organized to save lives"


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Course Descriptions

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“Motivational Interviewing”


“Motivational Interviewing – Improving client outcome by increasing intrinsic motivation for change with special emphasis on resolving suicidal ambivalence”



Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an established evidence based practice renowned for resolving ambivalence. MI which has its origins in the field of substance abuse treatment has been shown to enhance client motivation for change and improve treatment outcome. The spirit of MI is complementary with Self-Determination Theory (SDI), which asserts that people have an intrinsic desire to make life changes congruent with their core values. SDI states people are more likely to be internally motivated if their actions, beliefs and core values are in alignment. Motivational Interviewing provides the technique to make that happen.




Attendees will be able to:


¨ Describe the principles that underpin Motivational Interviewing and how they promote client autonomy

¨ Articulate the distinguishing techniques of open ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizations.

¨ Explain the Stages of Change as described by Prochaska and DiClemente (1983)

¨ Discuss the significance of Self-Determination Theory in coordination with MI

¨ Distinguish different methods of using MI with specific populations and varied disorders

¨ Express and practice Motivational Interviewing techniques used in counseling suicidal individuals

¨ Describe ethical considerations and documentation

¨ Enumerate necessary therapist qualities which support efficient use of MI

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Important note: Information on this website is not meant to take the place of medical or psychiatric attention for the suicidal individual. Proper psychological evaluation and treatment should be pursued as soon as possible in each case dealing with life-threatening ideation and/or behavior.


“Recognition, Assessment, and Treatment of Suicidality”

Recognition, Assessment and Treatment of Suicidality

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Developed and presented by Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC


This workshop presents original concepts in the development of suicidality as an ingenious coping mechanism which develops over time. The brain's neuroplasticity forms neural pathways which underpin the reinforcing suicidal thought pattern. Brain retraining provides formation of new healthful neural pathways. The healing process is directed, encouraged and supported through a specifically designed peer protocol based on existing evidence-based social support.                                                                     



Workshop objectives:


•          Learn the extent of epidemic suicide in the general and special populations, including children, adolescents and military

•          Understand what suicidality is and the difference between self-harm and suicidality

•          Learn the psychobiology of suicidality and its developmental stages

•          Understand the intersection of suicidality and mental health challenges (PTSD, TBI, Depression)

•          Learn to assess warning signs and symptoms using a simple and effective suicide

           assessment tool

•          Understand Motivational Interviewing techniques used in counseling suicidal individuals

•          Learn a life-saving peer support protocol and how to implement it


“Randi Jensen is a true expert on suicidality. She trained over 40 clinicians over 2-days at our clinic and our staff walked away saying that it was not only a great training but maybe the best they have ever attended."


- Joe LeRoy, LICSW, Program Director Clinical Services, HopeSparks Family Services