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2019 Elevating The Conversation
Friday, February 15, 2019, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM MDT
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6th Annual Elevating the Conversation Conference

Register Here!

Early-Bird: Now - January 11, 2019

Registration: $100

Student: $50

6 Hours CE: $60

Regular: January 12 - February 14, 2019

Registration: $125

Student: $50

6 Hours CE: $60

2019 Elevating the Conversation Conference AGENDA

DATE: Friday, February 15, 2019

LOCATION: CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Education 2 - Lecture Hall - 1st Floor, 13121 E 17th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045

TIME: 8:30am-3:30pm

Click HERE for full 2019 EtC Conference Agenda Details

6th Annual Elevating the Conversation Conference

Learning Objectives

  • Learning Objective 1:
    At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to distinguish between coercive vs. collaborative techniques for building a therapeutic alliance and tapping into a person’s ambivalence about suicide.
  • Learning Objective 2:
    At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to incorporate at least 3 strategies to inspire hope in the suicidal person.
  • Learning Objective 3:
    At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to demonstrate at least 3 techniques for helping clients to respond constructively to suicidal thoughts.
  • Learning Objective 4:
    At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to apply at least 2 methods for helping clients reinforce the gains they have made, after the suicidal crisis has passed


Dr. Stacey Freedenthal

Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, specializes in suicide risk assessment and intervention in her work as a psychotherapist, professor, and writer. Her book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals (Routledge, 2017), provides evidence-based advice for assessing suicide risk, planning for safety, and helping the suicidal person to build hope, coping skills, and reasons for living. More than two million people have visited Dr. Freedenthal’s website, SpeakingOfSuicide.com, since 2013. She also has a small private psychotherapy and consulting practice specializing in helping people who have experienced suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, or lost a loved one to suicide.

As an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Freedenthal coordinates the Mental Health concentration. She currently teaches courses on suicide risk assessment and interventions, mental health assessment and diagnosis, clinical social work theory and practice, and social justice issues in clinical practice. Her university research and scholarship focus on topics related to suicide. She has published scholarly articles about the measurement of suicidal intent, risk and protective factors for suicide, youth’s help-seeking when suicidal, and other topics related to suicidality.

Dr. Freedenthal has worked in the field of suicide prevention since 1994, when she volunteered at a suicide hotline in Dallas, TX. She has become intimately acquainted with suicide not only through her professional training, research, and work as a psychotherapist, but also through her own personal struggles with suicide, some of which she wrote about in a New York Times essay, A Suicide Therapist’s Secret Past.

Prior to entering the mental health field, Dr. Freedenthal worked as a newspaper reporter for The Dallas Morning News. She later earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
For more information about Dr. Freedenthal, please see SpeakingOfSuicide.com/aboutstacey-freedenthal or StaceyFreedenthal.com.





 The Colorado Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.