Psychology: Youth Suicide, Updated 1st Edition

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Release Date: December 19, 2017
Expiration Date: December 19, 2022

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. 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. A decision-making tree and safety planning and documentation protocols are provided. The course reviews the use of psychopharmacology and of psychotherapies such as dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and attachment-based family therapy. 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, and psychologists.

Social Workers participating in this course will receive 4 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. 

New Jersey Social Workers - Youth Suicide, Updated 1st Edition, Course #2963, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Elite Professional Education, LLC. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 03/17/2020 - 03/17/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 4 Clinical Practice continuing education credits.

Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • 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.

About the Author

Edward A. Selby, PhD, is an assistant professor in the clinical psychology program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Selby's extensive research and clinical experience has sought to improve our understanding and treatment of suicidal behavior, eating disorders, and personality disorders. He has written more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, many of which examine binge eating. In 2015, he was named a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science.

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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