Monmouth U. School of Social Work SRF Project: Parent & Caregiver Webinar "My Child Wants to Die"

Friday, September 14, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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When a parent is worried that their child may be at-risk for suicide, the way to respond isn't always clear. This 60-minute webinar will provide step-by-step guidance for concerned parents, starting with the emergency evaluation and continue through aftercare following discharge from a psychiatric unit. While it won't be able to answer all of the questions parents may have about an at-risk child, it will help explain important aspects of the assessment and treatment process to support parents in becoming better advocates for their children's mental health care. It will also review parental self-care during this stressful experience, and allow for questions and answers with national expert, Maureen Underwood, LCSW.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:  

  • Describe a conversational approach to discussing suicide with their children
  • Understand the mental health criteria for "least restrictive treatment"
  • List questions for an outpatient referral source
  • Identify the elements of a plan for safety
  • Create at least one personal self-care strategy

Maureen Underwood, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker, certified group psychotherapist and a nationally recognized expert on youth suicide prevention, with a focus on schools and best-practice programs that enhance overall student outcomes. She is the co-developer of LIFELINES: A Suicide Prevention Program, LIFELINES Postvention and LIFELINES Intervention, all published by Hazelden publications. Ms. Underwood has more than 30 years experience in mental health and crisis intervention. She has developed numerous programs and published extensively on these and other related topics. Maureen has initiated collaborative relationships between mental health and educational systems during her tenure from 1985 to 2000 as coordinator of the New Jersey State Adolescent Suicide Prevention Project. She authored the National Association of Social Work’s policy statement on adolescent suicide, and was a charter member of her state’s Governor’s Council on Youth Suicide Prevention.

Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Crisis / Safety

Last Updated: 09/10/18