VIRTUAL-Intertwined Issues Series- Suicide & Substance Use

VIRTUAL-Thursday, December 7, 2023, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM-$109 including CEUs
Intertwined Issues Series- Suicide & Substance Use
Suzy Langevin, LICSW, LADC I & Jean Brickman, LADC I

This training will provide clinicians with strategies and supports for managing two interconnected high-risk challenges of suicide and substance use, including strategies for managing our own reactions to this work. The relationship between substance us and suicide is complex and challenging. This has been compounded in recent years with the opiate crisis, with the continual risk of overdose. This training aims to make connections between suicide and substance use and provide clinicians with actionable ways to talk about these two complex subjects in ways that encourage hope and recovery, paired with harm reduction interventions to keep individuals who are using safe. Secondary trauma and preventing provider burnout from working with these high-risk issues will also be addressed.

Following this training the participants will understand:

  • The relationship between substance use and suicide, including the risk of overdose with passive suicidality.
  • Identify strategies to address suicide and substance use with shared language and interventions.
  • Recognize the signs of vicarious trauma and provider burnout that can result from working with high-risk issues and have 1-2 strategies for combatting that stress.

Suzy Langevin, LICSW, LADC I, Director of Training and Professional Development at Open Sky Community Services, is committed to making the best evidence-based tools and supports available to both Open Sky employees and the broader provider community through the Bridge Training Institute. Ms. Langevin has presented regionally and nationally on implementing evidence-based treatment modalities, including the Stephanie Moulton Symposium, NAADAC National Webinar Series, and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Collaborative Annual Conference. She has extensive training and fidelity coding experience in Motivational Interviewing and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

She had provided training and consultation in a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities to mental health providers, school systems, community groups and state agencies, where feedback has included, “Suzy is very knowledgeable and provides practical insight on how to apply the skill learned in real life situations. Her training approach is upbeat, engaging, and informative.”

In her more than decade long tenure at Open Sky, she served as Director of Dual Diagnosis Services, where she developed a model for services for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders within the agency’s community mental health programming. She also previously worked to implement and supervise the provision of Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) services across adult and adolescent treatment settings and the development and opening of The Bridge Counseling Center, Open Sky’s outpatient division. In 2014, Ms. Langevin was awarded the ABH Excellence in Outcomes Award as a member of the CR for PTSD group. She was selected to the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Worcester Class of 2021.

In addition to her work at Open Sky, Ms. Langevin has experience in a diverse range of settings, including emergency mental health, juvenile justice, residential treatment, and hospital inpatient care.


Jean Brickman, LADC I is the Clinical Supervisor of Co-Occurring Disorders at Open Sky Community Services.  She is a graduate of CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she earned an MA in Forensic Psychology.  Jean is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and licensed social worker.  She holds the designation of Recovery Coach Professional Facilitator through Connecticut Community For Addiction Recovery, supporting the training and supervision of Recovery Coaches. She has worked at Open Sky (and previously The Bridge of Central MA) for the past 15 years, specializing in supporting individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges and substance use disorders, providing services across a variety of residential, community-based and outpatient settings.

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