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Evidence-Based Responses to Suicidal Crisis presented by Ted Bonar, Psy.D, on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. This workshop is co-sponsored by the McHenry County Mental Health Board and the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force.

FREE 6.5 CEUs – LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, & Psychologists (IAODAPCA included)



This full-day workshop will provide the theory, research, and practice needed for clinicians to manage acute suicide risk. Clinicians will be presented with two single-session models of responding to suicidal clients: Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) and Crisis Response Plan (CRP). These collaborative, CBT-based interventions will be taught via didactic, theory-based, and research-driven approaches, followed by extensive demonstration, role-play, and practice for all participants.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based response to suicide
  • Describe two primary interventions in acute suicide crisis
  • Use narrative assessment with suicidal client
  • Demonstrate effective skills in helping clients reduce suicide risk
  • Apply assessment and skills in order to prepare a full suicide response per evidence-based methods
  • Discuss means safety and firearm storage with clients


Ted C. Bonar, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and a nationally recognized trainer and speaker at conferences and universities. An independent professional based in Columbus, OH, he operates a successful private practice and is known as a Subject Matter Expert in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and matters related to military and veteran mental health concerns. He serves on the Healthcare Advisory Committee for PsychArmor Institute, and was previously the Chief of Continuing Education Programs at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) where he oversaw and implemented training programs focused on common military-related behavioral healthcare concerns, evidence-based treatment of PTSD, and suicide prevention and treatment. He is also a National Trainer trainer in Mental Health First Aid.
Dr. Bonar has spoken at over 200 universities, national conferences, and continuing education events, including special projects for Brady United, PsychArmor Institute, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO), the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, PsychHub, Inc., and the National Council for Behavioral Health. Dr. Bonar has held clinical positions at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center, and private practice in both Bethesda, MD and Columbus, OH. Dr. Bonar was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Alum award by the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Chicago.

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