The Center for Counselor Training and Services will offer workshops on self-injurious behaviors and clinical suicidology during its Fall 2009 professional development series.

“Helping Teens and Families Manage Self-Injurious Behaviors,” taking place November 13 at the CCAC-Boyce Campus Performance Auditorium in Monroeville, will be delivered by two noted experts in the field, Kim Poling and Dr. Tina Goldstein.

Poling serves as the clinical manager of Services for Teens at Risk, known as STAR-Center. This is a specialty program for suicidal adolescents and a division of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program of the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Goldstein is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The workshop will cover topics such as distinguishing suicidal behavior from self-injurious behavior, identifying the motivations behind self-injurious behavior, and learning how to aid families of children who self-injure.

The clinical suicidology workshop, which takes place November 20 in the Eberly College of Business Auditorium, will be presented by Dr. David Jobes of the Catholic University of America.

Jobes is an internationally recognized expert on suicide. He is the author the 2006 book Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach and coauthor of Adolescent Suicide: Assessment and Intervention.

His research has appeared in the journals Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior and the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Jobes has served as a subject-matter expert to the Department of Defense on military suicide rates and currently serves as a consultant to the U.S. Air Force Suicide Prevention Program. He has also testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families on the topic of teen suicide.

This one-day program is designed for mental health professionals, college educators, and students. It will cover topics such as having a working knowledge of the theory and research that informs clinical practice with suicidal patients, being able to perform a competent differential assessment of suicidal states, and ethical issues related to suicide.

The IUP Center for Counselor Training and Services offers professional workshops and training for community and school counselors and other mental health professionals throughout the region. It is directed by Dr. John McCarthy, professor in the IUP Department of Counseling.

More information about these and other workshops can be found on the Center for Counselor Training and Services website or by contacting the center at 724-357-3807.

Credit card registrations can be accepted by calling the IUP Research Institute at 724-357-2223.