Event » 2023, December 1 & 8- Crisis Intervention Training: Adolescents & Young Adults

  • Start Date: 12/1/2023
  • End Date: 12/8/2023
  • Registration Start Time: 8:15 AM
  • Hosted By: CIBHS
  • Group Rate Cutoff Date: 12/1/2023

Event Description:

Crisis Intervention Training: Adolescents & Young Adults
Kristin Dempsey, LMFT, LPCC, EdD

December 1 & 8, 2023 
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Virtual Training 

In 2022, United States surgeon general declared that youth in the United States were experiencing mental health crises. These crises were exacerbated by COVID-19 pandemic era that ushered in a whole new set of challenges for already struggling youth. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the past 10 years, suicidal thoughts, behaviors, and overall feelings of persistent hopelessness have increased by 40% in youth. In this Crisis Intervention Training for Adolescents and Young Adults workshop, participants will learn how to use the values and attitudes of motivational interviewing and evidence - based common therapeutic micro-skills to create the psychological safety needed to engage community members in discussions addressing emotional distress and crisis situations among adolescents and young adults. Participants will also learn how to use evidence-based strategies for assessing lethality and how to initiate collaborative conversations with young people to engage as-risk individuals in safety planning and linkage to care. Building community resources and creating support networks for youth, their caregivers, and staff will also be addressed. In addition to learning the theory, attitude, and skills for how to apply evidence crisis-assessment and engagement strategies in high-risk situations, participants will practice using the skills to address various crisis issues currently encountered when working with youth in behavioral health settings: suicidal ideation and self-harm, substance use, and compulsive screen use, gun violence, and climate anxiety.

Target Audience: Social Workers, Clinicians, Case Managers, Counselors, and Team Leaders. 


  1. Participants will be able to explain the four components of the “Spirit” of Motivational Interviewing and the benefits of this approach to help engage youth who are in crisis.
  2. Participants will be able to assess at least four risk factors for suicidality or harm to others when evaluating youth in crisis.
  3. Participants will be able to apply at least five micro skills to engage distressed youth in conversations about their current state of mind and emotional well-being.
  4. Participants will be able to construct a six-point safety plan to mitigate self-harm and help stabilize youth experiencing crisis.
  5. Participants will be able to employ at least two linkage strategies to connect youth in crisis to needed support services.
  6. Participants will be able to identify at least five resources and providers in the community to help build safety support for youth experiencing crisis.
  7. Participants will be able to identify four mental health risk factors specific to adolescents and young adults who have experienced the pandemic when evaluating individuals in crisis.
  8. Participants will be able to identify three strategies for engaging substance using youth in treatment who are at risk for harm.
  9. Participants will be able to apply at least three crisis intervention strategies when treating youth who are struggling with stress due to gun violence.
  10. Participants will be able to apply at least three crisis intervention strategies when treating youth who are struggling with stress due to climate anxiety.


This experiential workshop will include vignettes and breakout rooms for enhanced learning experience.

Approval for 5.50 CEs.  

Psychologists :  Psychologists - APA: California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; and CIBHS is an approved provider for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for Behavioral health professionals including social workers, clinicians, case managers, counselors, and team leaders. CIBHS maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

All activities in this training are offered for continuing education credit excluding any breaks. CE Certificates of Completion will be emailed within two weeks of processing your completed online evaluation.

Cancellations for continuing education must be received in writing within 48 hours after the first day of the training to receive a refund. All refunds will be subject to a $10.00 administration fee.


For questions, comments, or grievances about this CE course content or delivery, or to request special accommodations, please email Theresa Ferrini at tferrini@cibhs.org

There is no known commercial support for this webinar.

For all other questions, please contact Gayaneh Karapetian, gkarapetian@cibhs.org.

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