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  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 5 Contact Hours (4 CCMC Hours)
Author(s): Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC
Peer Reviewer(s): Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS
Item#: N1678
Contents: 1 Course Book (64 pages)
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Understanding the Significance of Suicide

Price $26.95
Item # N1678
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: December 23, 2015

Expiration Date: December 31, 2018

Suicide is the 10th ranking cause of death in the United States. Before attempting to understand the reasons people take their own lives, it will be helpful to identify one’s personal attitudes about suicide. Those who assist or treat suicidal clients must be educated in suicide prevention, comfortable in their role, in touch with their fears when supporting someone who is demonstrating warning signs of suicide, and emotionally prepared if suicide affects them and makes them clinician-survivors. This course provides a practical guide to help healthcare professionals develop an understanding of warning signs, risk factors, population-based prevention, protective factors, and learning assessment skills needed to respond effectively on professional and personal levels. It seeks to meet the requirements of any healthcare professional who wants to have a better understanding of suicide.


This course is an extraction of and should not be taken with, N1658 Death, Dying, and Bereavement, 3rd Edition (30 contact hours).




CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (4 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs). Approval expires November 29, 2018.



Course Objectives

  • Differentiate among suicide attempt, suicidal ideation, suicidal intent, and suicide.
  • List warning signs and risk factors of an impending suicidal crisis.
  • Discuss protective factors that reduce the risk of suicide.
  • Identify a priority of the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
  • Describe ways that postvention can help those affected by suicide, including clinician suicide survivors.

Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC, is a dynamic keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and acclaimed, nationally recognized author. Barbara received a BS in Psychology and an MA in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. She is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress; Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; Certified Bereavement Specialist; and Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor. Barbara was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. As a bereavement specialist, Barbara has supported terminally ill individuals, facilitated bereavement support groups, and taught graduate and master’s-level courses at Brooklyn College. Through ShareGrief, she supports the bereaved internationally. She is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye and contributing writer in Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal and Open to Hope’s Fresh Grief. Her keynotes on compassion fatigue energize and motivate healthcare professionals to build resilience. Barbara’s website is

Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS, is a professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dianne is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has experience in medical-surgical nursing and psychiatric nursing. Her research interests include death, dying, bereavement, and grief resolution; gerontology and geropsychiatric nursing; psychiatric nursing and therapeutic communication; and empathy.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.