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Family-based crisis intervention: Stabilizing suicidal teens

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When a suicidal adolescent comes into the emergency department (ED), trained facilitators work with the whole family to stabilize the teen, open communication, and equip them all to return home safely.

Developed at Boston Children’s Hospital, the 90-minute family-based crisis intervention (FBCI) avoids unneeded hospitalization. This event will examine how this intervention works and explore efforts to use it in primary care settings, where at-risk adolescents may be seen long before they come to an ED.


Sharonne Herbert, director of belonging, diversity, equity, and inclusion and former supervisor of the Mental Health Emergency Services team in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where she implemented FBCI
Abigail Ross, associate professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice and at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and research social worker at Boston Children’s Hospital
Elizabeth Wharff, research social worker and former director of emergency psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she developed FBCI, and assistant professor in psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Jina Moore Ngarambe, managing editor, Harvard Public Health

May 7 @ 1:00 pm

Read Elizabeth Wharff's op-ed

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