Lessons from the Playroom
Podcast Ep. 156

In this episode, Lisa Dion is joined by the fantabulous and oh-so-knowledgeable Heather Fairlee Denbrough, a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist/Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Together, they tackle one of the most requested and also one of the most scariest topics for therapists … providing support to children dealing with suicidal ideation and attempts. 

This episode is a valuable resource for any caregiver or professional working with children. Join Lisa and Heather as they shed light on this important and often misunderstood topic, providing insights, strategies, and hope for supporting children who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. Don’t miss out on this crucial conversation!

Key Takeaways:

  • Recognizing subtle signs of suicidal ideation in children
  • Creating a safe space for children to express their feelings
  • Holding space for children through play to explore and shift their stories and perceptions
  • Developing structured safety plans with children and caregivers, identifying red flags and triggers
  • Facilitating open dialogue on suicidal ideation with both children and caregivers
  • Prioritizing self-care for therapists and managing the emotional impact (… Heather shares valuable and powerful techniques and tools that help her maintain her own felt safety during sessions)
  • Preparing for challenging scenarios and accessing support networks during tough times (…there’s lots of support and resources so don’t feel you have to tackle this alone!) 

Listen and join this conversation that sheds light on childhood suicidality, providing guidance on navigating it with empathy, connection, and compassion. ❤️ (Please note: This podcast episode is for educational purposes only and does not substitute professional advice.)

Podcast Resources: 

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