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Course Learning Objectives/Outcomes

By the end of the course, the Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist will be able to:

a. Suicide Risk Assessment
     (i) How to structure an interview to gather information from a client or patient on suicide          risk and protective factors and warning signs, including substance abuse.

-Explain how optimized or 'no problem' questions are problematic when asking about suicidal ideation.
-Name five biopsychosocial risk factors for suicide.
-Explain the suicidal warning signs that the mnemonic IS PATH WARM stands for.
-Explain a reason why alcohol and/or drug misuse significantly affect suicide rates.

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     (ii) How to use the information referenced in (a) (i) to understand the risk of suicide.

-Explain the four-step approach used by the CDC to address suicide, a public health problem.

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     (iii) Appropriate actions and referrals for various levels of risk.

-Name three possible interventions for patients with a moderate suicidal risk factor.

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     (iv) How to appropriately document suicide risk assessment.

-Explain how risk factors are documented when completing a suicide risk assessment.

b. Treatment and Management of Suicide Risk
     (i) Available evidence-based treatments for patients and clients at risk of suicide, including          counseling and medical interventions such as psychiatric medication and substance          abuse care.

-Name four evidence-based psychotherapy interventions for the prevention of suicide.
-Name two important risk factors for suicide that are known to have gender-specific components to their prevalence and expression.
-Name four primary drivers of suicidality.
-Name five signs of a quality treatment program.

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     (ii) Strategies for safety planning and monitoring use of the safety plan.

-Name six steps in implementing the safety plan.
-Explain how the sustainability of treatment and safety plans is enhanced.

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     (iii) Engagement of supportive third parties in maintaining patient or client safety.

-Explain a major barrier in preventing critical information exchanges between crisis centers, external crisis and emergency services, and other third parties.
-Name four tasks that administrators can assign clinical supervisors in making sure that the tasks involved in extending care beyond the immediate actions are carried out.

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     (iv) Reducing access to lethal means for clients or patients in crisis.

-Explain the most common suicidal method reported.
-Name four lethal means methods of suicide.

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     (v) Continuity of care through care transitions such as discharged referral.

-Name four main patient groups that are eligible for referrals to the suicide prevention team.
-Name two primary approaches that can be used by schools to identify youth with possible increased risk for suicide.

c. Veteran Populations
     (i) Population-specific data, risk and protective factors, and intervention strategies.

-Name nine suicidal risks that are specific to veterans.

d. Risk of imminent harm through self-injurious behaviors or lethal means
     (i) How to recognize nonsuicidal self-injury and other self-injurious behaviors and assess          the intent of self-injury through suicide risk assessment.

-Name three subcategories of moderate self-injurious behavior, also known as superficial self-injurious behavior.
-Name five risk factors that are associated with non-suicidal self-injurious behavior.
-Name four differences between non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicide.
-Explain why it is important to recognize self-injury and treat the client appropriately and quickly in order to prevent complications.

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     (ii) (A) Objects, substances and actions commonly used in suicide attempts and impulsivity                 and lethality of means.

-Explain the most common method of attempting suicide among adolescents.

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     (ii) (B) Communication strategies for talking with patients and their support people about                 lethal means.

-Explain the three-part response that is recommended for clinicians to use with patient who are extremely irritable.

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     (ii) (C) How screening for and restricting access to lethal means effectively prevents suicide.

-Explain the fundamental assumption underlying restricting access to means of suicide.

"The instructional level of this course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced depending on the learners clinical area of expertise."