Thanks to Rainier Springs for providing “Working with Suicidal Patients, An Evidence Based Approach” presentation by Dr. Andrew White of Portland DBT. Dr. White shared the following video that goes straight to the point.
Other delicious learnings from Dr. White are a plaid shirt! A plaid shirt has many colors – we don’t throw all of the colors into a bucket and come up with an average color for example eggplant! This applies to opposing emotions like fear, anger sadness and intuition.
I will add – emotions that can make us feel suicidal and wanting to live simultaneously!
Also the more vulnerable we are – the more likely we are to consider suicide as an option. What makes us vulnerable? Not being validated and stigmatized over and over again.
The more invalidated we are the more we consider suicide.
I will add – the message we make from the perpetual invalidation!
One more nugget! I loved that Dr. White exchanged “Cue” for triggers! I love “Activators” now I can add Cue to my gentle vocabulary!!!
These are just a few nuggets. Although this video is direct Dr. White’s approach to empowering us to learn was gentle, caring and knowledgeable!
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