Wellspring’s suicide prevention training program receives excellence award

Seattle, WA – The Sue Eastgard Training Excellence Award was presented to trainers Jeffrey Sung, M.D. and Keith Myers, LICSW at Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention’s third annual event November 18th at the University of Washington.

Forefront’s Training Director, Sue Eastgard, after whom the award is named, was the inaugural award recipient in 2014 for suicide prevention training excellence. Eastgard helped launch Forefront and its training programs.

Forefront advances innovative approaches to suicide prevention through policy change, professional training, campus- and school-based interventions, media outreach, and support for persons affected by suicide. Their goal is to reduce the suicide rate in Washington State by twenty percent by 2020.

Wellspring Counseling and Training Services, a division of Wellspring Family Services, manages a workshop presented by Sung and Myers called “Working with Suicidal Clients”, which has trained over 2,300 mental health professionals since 2014.

Jeffrey Sung, MD / source: Wellspring

Myers partnered with Sung to develop the workshop to help mental health care providers and others fulfill a requirement for Washington state mental health professionals to be trained in suicide assessment, treatment, and management. The six-hour workshop curriculum is based on requirements established by the Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management Act signed into state law in 2012.  All healthcare professionals who work with those at risk of dying by suicide are required by law to take suicide training.

According to Sung, the workshop, “addresses suicide assessment and management in ways everyone can use regardless of theoretical orientation; the communicative aspects and unconscious processes that contribute to suicide; and the treatment of the underlying conflicts and dynamics that contribute to suicidal ideation and intent.”

Sung is an acting instructor with the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and president-elect of the Washington State Psychiatric Association, and Myers is a practicing clinician and vice president of clinical and training services for Wellspring Counseling in King County.

Keith Myers LICSW / source: Wellspring

“It is an honor for both Jeff and I to be presented with this award, and an even greater honor because Sue Eastgard’s name is associated with it.  Wellspring is proud to play an important training role in preventing suicide in Washington State,” said Myers.

Wellspring’s Working with Suicidal Clients workshop is co-sponsored by the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.

Additional information and workshop registration can be found here.

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