Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention

Suicide risk assessment and prevention
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TARGET AUDIENCE: Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Course Description
This 2 (two) hour online continuing education course in Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention is FREE for mental health professionals. It covers some common myths about suicide, suicide statistics, how to perform a basic suicide risk assessment, how to complete a suicide prevention action plan, and how to implement basic de-escalation strategies in a therapeutic crisis situation.

Suicide Prevention Course Objectives

  • Identify and refute some common myths about suicide
  • Identify some of the early warning signs of a potential suicide attempt
  • Be able to discuss some current statistics regarding suicide
  • Be able to discuss some age group differences regarding suicide
  • Be able to conduct a basic suicide risk assessment
  • Be able to discuss and refute some common myths about suicide
  • Be able to discuss the PPI method of suicide risk assessment
  • Be able to complete a Suicide Prevention Action Plan
  • Be able to complete a No-Harm Contract and Action Plan
  • Be able to use the Suicide-Homicide Ideation Decision Flowchart
  • Define “de-escalation”
  • Discuss the importance of de-escalation strategies in crisis prevention
  • Describe and be able to use the LEAP de-escalation model
  • Identify and use some common resources on suicide prevention

Course Format
There is a 2-hour video for this course, including several handouts and worksheets used in suicide risk assessment and suicide prevention. After watching the video and reviewing the worksheets you may take the final exam for the course. Upon successful completion of the quiz with a score of 80% or higher, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course good for two online continuing education hours.

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