Psychology: Suicide Risk in Adults: Assessment and Intervention

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About Course

Release Date: August 3, 2016
Expiration Date: August 3, 2021

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States across all ages and is disproportionately higher in some populations. The purpose of this course is to assist clinicians to understand factors that contribute to suicidal behavior, conduct comprehensive suicide risk assessments, and engage patients in brief, empirically supported interventions to reduce risk for death. This intermediate-level course is designed for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists. This course meets an increasing demand of many mental health professionals seeking information about working with suicidal clients and conducting empirically supported suicide risk assessments.

This course examines methods of assessing suicidal danger in adult clients who are seeking mental health care. Varied approaches to intervention are discussed in detail, including safety planning and the use of crisis cards. The course provides practical examples of intervention implementation through the use of sample interviews, case scenarios, and outlines of the different brief, empirically supported interventions. References and resources for those interested in pursuing further education on this topic are provided at the end of the course.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 clinical social work continuing education credits.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course.

Course Objectives

  • Define terms related to suicide and suicidal behavior.
  • Identify specific risk factors and warning signs in adult patients that increase their risk for suicidal behavior.
  • Describe effective and efficient assessment of adults who may be at risk for suicide.
  • Explain approaches to intervention and safety planning to manage individuals exhibiting suicidal ideation and other risk factors for suicide.
  • Recognize essential components.

About the Author(s)

April R. Smith, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is also a faculty associate of the Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology, and director of the Peripheral and Affective Research Center, both at Miami University. Dr. Smith received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Florida State University. Her work focuses on biological and psychological risk factors that contribute to disordered eating and suicidal behavior; specifically, her research examines the high rates of suicidality and self-injury among individuals with disordered eating.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.

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