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Homicide-Suicide Behaviors & Systemic Family Therapy
Steve Simms, PhD, LMFT; Jennifer Benjamin, PhD, LPC; Pinky Patel, LMFT
About This Course: Homicide-suicide are most common in the intrafamilial setting with offenders having previous adversity as a child, legal issues, current exposure to stress/trauma, while involved in a conflictual family context. This intermediate course to co-assessing life-threatening behaviors will explore the importance of engaging the family in relational change, while establishing safety and response planning. Video recorded roleplays will illustrate this process of assessment, caregiver engagement, and response planning that is relationally focused.
*There is no known conflict of interest or commercial support for the CE program, presentation, or instructor.
- Describe how the social ecology of the client is integral for evaluating the access to means and the family’s engagement in response planning.
- Identify at least three factors of assessing homicide and suicide co-occurring.
- Differentiate first order from second order change in a family system dealing with life threatening behaviors.
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Social Work, Psychologist, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, and Human Service Providers.
*Participants must have experience in assessing suicidal behaviors, and have an introductory understanding of homicidal behaviors.
CE Credit Hours are available:
2.0 APA CE Credit Hours- General
Participants must purchase the CE Program, watch videos (both are 1 hour in length) completely, pass the corresponding post-tests with a score of 75% or better to access the evaluation and certificate of credit. Assignments- none.
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Instructor- Steve Simms, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Steve Simms is a licensed psychologist, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and an approved AAMFT supervisor. He is the director of the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center and an independent practitioner in Media, Pennsylvania. He specializes in helping caregivers free children, adolescents and young adults trapped in self-defeating, life altering, life threatening patterns. He has extensive experience in teaching and consulting with in-home family therapy programs, public and private mental health/alcohol and drug treatment programs, and public children and youth services. He is a former staff psychologist at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and the Division of Oncology, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as, a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has authored and co-authored scientific papers, clinical papers, and chapters in pediatric oncology, pediatric psychology, family therapy, and clinical supervision. His book, Breaking the Cycle: How to Turn Conflict into Collaboration When You and Your Patient Disagree with co-authors Dr. George Blackall and Dr. Michael Greene was released in April, 2009.
Instructor- Jennifer Benjamin, PhD, LPC
Dr. Jennifer Benjamin received her doctorate degree (PhD) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) an independent practitioner in the greater Philadelphia Region focusing on youth and families with complex developmental trauma, life threatening behaviors and failed treatment experiences. Dr. Benjamin is the Clinical Fidelity Specialist for the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center. Her responsibilities include oversite of continuing education programs, curriculum development, researching the ESFT model and assessment tools, and developing the organizational practices to ensure the integration of social ecology and family culture across all trainings, supervisions, case conceptualizations, and clinical consultations. As a former Clinical Director Dr. Benjamin led a comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program for youth (11–18 years old) in Pennsylvania, and an in-home systemic family therapy program in Delaware for severally emotionally disturbed youth in life altering circumstances and life-threatening behaviors. While in this role she provided program implementation/development/training, systemic supervision, emergency consultation, oversaw the doctoral practicum students, parent training, and site management of treatment outcomes. Finally, as a former adjunct Dr. Benjamin taught in the Graduate Counseling Program and the Undergraduate Psychology Program at Rosemont College.
Instructor- Pinky Patel, LMFT
Ms. Pinky Patel has a Masters of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from LaSalle University, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is an approved American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) supervisor. Currently, she is a Program Director at Creative Health Services overseeing an in-home systemic family therapy program, with 24/7 crisis response, severally emotionally disturbed youth in life altering circumstances and life-threatening behaviors. She is the Associate Director of the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center where she oversees organizational development, provides executive consultation for program implementation, clinical training, licensure supervision, and continuing education courses. Ms. Patel has several specialty certificates. She is a Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and has a certificate of training in both Family Based Mental Health Services & Trauma Informed Yoga Practice. She is also a community trainer for QPR (suicide prevention training). Formerly, she was the Director for the post-graduate certificate program in ecosystemic structural family therapy (ESFT). This program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the AAMFT.
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Jennifer Benjamin, PhD, LPC
CE Program Administrator & Continuing Education Director,
Peter McCall, LCSW
Social Work Consultant
Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center, Inc.
PO Box 21287, Philadelphia PA, 19114,