Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Using Technology to Identify, Manage, and Respond to Suicide Risk

Friday, March 16, 2018


Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus, Corboy Law Center, Room 522

3 CEU's


One of the most stressful of all clinical situations is assessing and managing suicide risk. Although nothing can replace good clinical training and supervision, therapists and clients can use internet and computer technologies (ICT), including mobile apps, to augment good clinical care during a suicidal crisis. Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites have resources for users who are suicidal. This workshop will describe how therapists can partner with technology, from intake assessment, through the management of suicide risk. You will learn about suicide prevention apps designed for therapists such as SAMHSA’s “Suicide Safe” and apps designed for clients such as MY3. We will talk about online crisis services, including, but not limited to, the Crisis Text Line, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, National Runaway Safeline, and Trans Lifeline. Management of suicidal crises is more than just identifying suicidal ideation, intent and plan – it involves helping clients find reasons for living. We will talk online communities that provide education and resources, such as #SPSM (Suicide Prevention and Social Media) and peer-to-peer support, such as Docz. You will learn how to evaluate apps and websites to make sure you and your client are using safe and authoritative resources. We will end with a review  of the strengths and limitations of technology for suicide prevention.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the advantages of using technology to assist clinicians in addressing suicide risk.
  2. List suicide prevention apps that may be effective for therapists.
  3. List suicide prevention apps that may be helpful for clients.
  4. Identify six criteria that can be used to evaluate internet and computer technologies as appropriate for addressing suicide risk and prevent.
  5. Discuss the strengths and limitations of using internet and computer technology for suicide prevention.




General Admission: $80

 Alumni , Adjunct Faculty and Field Instructors seeking CEU’s: $50

Student and Individuals Not Seeking CEU’s: $25