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Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention

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Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention – Online CE Course

(This course satisfies the California requirement for Psychologists, MFTs, Counselors, and Social Workers.)

Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention Objectives and Outline:

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify at least two high risk suicide warning signs.
  2. Discuss at least two high risk populations for suicide.
  3. Describe at least two effective strategies for prevention and assessment.
  4. Identify at least two high risk behaviors and circumstances.
  5. Describe at least two assessment tools, scales, and/or instruments.
  6. Explain at least one evidence based clinical intervention concept.
  7. Describe at least one evidence based treatment and support service.

In addition to the course objectives listed above, this course addresses the following content areas related suicide:

    • Risk Assessment
    • Intervention
    • Professional practice issues

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Addressing Suicidality and Screening
  3. Suicide Risk Assessment
    1. Warning Signs and Risk/Protective Factors
    2. Evaluation
    3. Tools, Scales, and Instruments
      1. Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
      2. Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ-9
      3. The Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation BSSI
      4. The 19 Item Scale for Suicide Ideation
      5. The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ)
      6. SAFE-T Pocket Card: Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage for Clinicians
      7. Suicide Safe Mobile App
      8. The Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised {SBQ-R)
      9. Patient Safety Plan Template
      10. (SIQ) Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire
      11. BHS Beck Hopelessness Scale
      12. The Positive and Negative Suicide Ideation Inventory
      13. The Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised {SBQ-R)
    4. Summary of Tools, Scales, and Instruments
  4. Intervention
    1. Safety Planning
    2. Pharmacologic Intervention
    3. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    4. Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
    5. Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
    6. The Improving Mood Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment (IMPACT)
    7. The Veterans Affairs Translating Initiatives for Depression into Effective Solutions project (TIDES)
    8. Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CT-SP)
    9. Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
    10. Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (BCBT)
  5. Clinical Vignettes
    1. Vignette 1—Clayton
    2. Vignette 2—Angela
  6. Youth Suicide
  7. Additional Training
  8. Resources
  9. References

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

Author: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; SAMHSA, World Health Organization

Nicole Hiltibran, MA LMFT has been in practice for over 20 years (for more details on Nicole Hiltibran’s credentials view our Principals page).  She wrote and compiled the information contained in this course from documents produced by SAMHSA and the World Health Organization.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.


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