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Suicide Assessment and Treatment: Empirical and Evidence Based Practices

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Suicide Assessment and Treatment: Empirical and Evidence Based Practices (book course) – Online CE Course

Suicide Assessment and Treatment: Empirical and Evidence Based Practices course is a BOOK COURSE and requires the purchase of the book if not already owned. (See Pricing page for details)

Suicide Assessment and Treatment: Empirical and Evidence Based Practices Course Objectives and Outline:

Course Description:

Suicide is an event that cannot be ignored, minimized, or left untreated. However, all too often mental health professionals and health care practitioners are unprepared to treat suicidal clients. This text offers the latest guidance to front-line professionals who will likely encounter such clients throughout their careers, and to educators teaching future clinicians.

The book discusses how to react when clients reveal suicidal thoughts; the components of comprehensive suicide assessments; evidence-based treatments such as crisis intervention, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and more; and ethical and legal issues that may arise. Case studies, exercises, quizzes, and other features make this a must-have reference for graduate level courses.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify at least two legal and ethical responsibilities
  2. Discuss at least two key factors related to suicidality across the lifespan
  3. Explain at least one role of culture, race, and/or ethnicity in suicide
  4. Describe at least one key factor in the relationship between religion and suicide
  5. Describe at least one key factor in the relationship between depression and suicide
  6. Identify at least three at risk populations
  7. Discuss at least two risk factors for suicide among the military
  8. Describe at least one evidence based treatment
  9. Identify at least one empirically validated treatment for suicide survivors
  10. Explain at least one key factor in professional’s managing after a client’s suicide

Course Outline:


1 Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Suicide
2 The Role of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Suicide
3 Religion and Suicide


4 Assessment
5 Crisis Intervention and Suicide
6 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Suicide
7 Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Suicide
8 Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Suicide


9 Child and Adolescent Suicide
10 Adult Suicide


12 Schizophrenia and Suicide
13 Depression and Suicide
14 Substance-Related Disorders and Suicide


15 At-Risk Groups
16 Survivors of Suicide

Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd

Author:Dana Alonzo, PhD, LCSW and Robin E. Gearing, PhD, LCSW

Dana Alonzo, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and a Founder and Director of the Suicide Prevention Research Program. She has many years of clinical experience working with individuals with suicidality in a variety of settings. Dr. Alonzo’s research focuses on examining risk and protective factors related to suicidal ideation and behavior and developing interventions aimed at facilitating the treatment engagement and adherence of individuals at risk for suicide

Robin E. Gearing, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Innovations in Treatment Engagement and Service at the University of Houston. Dr. Gearing’s research and clinical expertise focuses on improving the mental health outcomes of adolescents and young adults with serious mental illnesses, and their families. His research is driven by an interest in informing and improving engagement and adherence to empirically-supported psychosocial and medication treatment, and developing evidence-based interventions.


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