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TLPCA Counseling and Therapy Summit


Gaining Insight from a 25+ Year Career Specifically Working with Suicidal Clients

This presentation will illustrate reflections, lessons learned, and ways to stay clinically inspired based on a 25+ year career in working specifically working with suicidal clients. Examples of working through completed client suicides, supervising students with suicidal clients, avoiding burnout, and learning from your clients will be shared. The overall tone of this presentation is one of instilling hope and passion in clinical practice while learning from difficult times.


  • Attendees will be able to adapt strategies to help avoid burnout when working with suicidal clients and other difficult client issues.
  • Attendees will be able to conceptualize suicide assessment and treatment strategies differently in their current practice.

Dr. Jason McGlothlin has been providing mental health services since 1993 and has been a faculty member since 2000. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Kent State University in the Counselor Education and Supervision program and owns his own private practice (McGlothlin Counseling and Consultation, LLC) where he focuses on the assessment and treatment of suicidality across the lifespan. Throughout his career, he has held various leadership positions and most recently is the President of the Ohio Counseling Association. However, he is known mostly for his work with suicidal individuals. Related to assessing and treating suicidal clients, he has written books and articles and has presented and consulted nationally and internationally. Most recently, he has studied nearly 100,000 suicidal individuals who contact suicide prevention hotlines. As a result of his research, he has validated his model titled the SIMPLE STEPS Model of Suicide Assessment which accounts for nearly 70% of high levels of suicide lethality. ‚Äč