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Suicide and suicidal behaviors affect individuals, families, and communities, and addressing youth suicide has become a public health imperative. This intermediate-level course provides essential information on the tools needed to assess youth for suicide risk and to engage in interventions with these youth across various settings. Learners will become aware of 10 myths about youth suicide, which too often dictate how adults interact with youth who may be at heightened risk for suicide, both in public and in clinical practice. Four prominent theories of suicide are described: Durkheim’s sociological theory of suicide, Shneidman’s theory of the suicidal mind, Joiner’s interpersonal theory of suicide, and the family systems theory of suicide. Suicide risk factors are discussed, including psychiatric diagnoses, family and social factors, sexual minority status (individuals self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), bullying, and demographic factors like age, gender, race, and ethnicity.
Participants will learn about assessment approaches and treatment planning. The course reviews the use of psychopharmacology and of psychotherapies such as dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and attachment-based family therapy. A particular focus is placed on brief interventions that can be applied across multiple settings. Presentations of case vignettes illuminate key concepts for the various interventions. Special mention is given to clinicians who experience the loss of a patient to suicide. This course is designed for behavioral health specialists, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses.
New Jersey Social Workers - This course has been pre-approved for 4 Clinical Social Work Practice credits by the Assoc. of Social Work Boards (NJ CE course approval program provider #52).
Participants will receive 4 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.
- Differentiate myths from facts related to youth suicide.
- Describe relevant terminology and theories of youth suicide.
- Describe risk factors warning signs and protective factors related to suicide in youth.
- Describe how to assess youth who may be at risk for suicide.
- Explain various interventions to manage youth experiencing suicidal ideation and other risk factors for suicide
Matthew B. Wintersteen, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He holds a doctorate of philosophy in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville a master of arts degree in general/experimental psychology from the University of Hartford and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Virginia Tech. Dr. Wintersteen is co-chair of the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. He has received grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression to conduct research on youth suicide prevention specifically in the primary care environment. Under the auspices of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center American Association of Suicidology and National Institute of Mental Health Dr. Wintersteen has served on national task forces developing ideas and methods to support organizational and systems change in primary care and emergency departments aimed at reducing suicide. Dr. Wintersteen has authored or coauthored over 15 research articles on youth suicide. He is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.