According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) suicide is ranked as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with over 40,000 people dying each year. Unfortunately the prevailing stigma and silence that surrounds suicide has prevented people from receiving the proper training and education required to recognize and help a suicidal person.
This course will teach people how to recognize the warning signs of a suicidal person and screen for suicidal risk, utilizing the current tools and methods available. Referral for appropriate services, tips to help the suicidal client, and
planning for safety will also be covered. This basic course is designed to help all providers identify and assist a suicidal client.
This Seminar-on-Demand is 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
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- Facts and statistics about suicide
- Common suicide terminology
- Current theories for suicidality from Shneidman, Smith, Alloy, Abramson, Beck and Wenzel
- Understanding the suicidal person
- Characteristic thinking patters on suicidal individuals
- Screening tools
- Suicide-specific assessment measures
- Reasons for Living inventory
- Suicide Cognitions scale
- Beck scale for suicidal ideation
- Beck Hopelessness scale
- Suicidal Behaviors questionnaire
- Warning signs and risk factors
- Understanding the suicidal person: Empathy and compassion
- Helping the suicidal person
- Asking the question
- Asking the question: How NOT to ask
- Safety planning: 6 steps
- Coping cards
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on suicide screening.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Identify Suicide as a cause of death in the United States
- Recognize the common theories of suicidality
- Identify common thinking patterns of suicidal people
- List three screening tools
- Recognize the warnings signs of associated with suicidal ideation
- Identify risk factors that are associated with increased risk of suicide
- Cite three resources for referral
- Identify the elements of a safety plan
- Cite effective ways to help a suicidal person
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
Contact Hours: 3
Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Seminar-on-Demand
- Financial - Heidi Bryan owns Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council and receives a salary. She receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course from HomeCEUConnection.com.
- Nonfinancial - Nor relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
- No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.