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404 | Riding the Waves of Emotion: Practical Skills for Emotion Regulation in Suicidal and Self-harming Clients

Friday 9/15 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Suicide and Self-harm: Awareness, Prevention, and Postvention, Workshop Tracks


Shannae Anderson, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Emotion dysregulation is a frequently reported symptom of many psychological disorders, especially suicidal and self-harming behaviors. This workshop will explore the nature, function, and neurobiology of emotion regulation and its development through securely attached relationships in childhood. It will address how it manifests when not adequately developed. Practical strategies and exercises psychologists and other licensed mental health professionals can use for teaching emotion regulation will be presented. Evidence-based tools that can be readily adapted into therapeutic interventions to assist those struggling with suicidal and self-harming behaviors will be covered.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the nature and function of emotion regulation and how self-destructive behavior can result when emotion is dysregulated
2. Articulate how secure attachment in childhood enables the development of the brain structures that facilitate emotion regulation
3. Identify unique strategies for managing and treating emotion dysregulation with practical tools for use inside and outside the therapy room
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