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Suicide Prevention: Assessment and Treatment Part 1

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 3 hours
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Course Summary

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. The literature on suicidology and large-scale studies conducted over the years suggest that there continues to be high rates of suicide among youth, men, and individuals with a mental illness as well as members of ethnic and social groups. The prevalence, risk and protective factors for suicidal thought and actions are discussed in this course. A general approach to highlight key studies and theories on suicidal risk factors and behaviors including an emphasis on modifiable risk and prevention is offered. Specifically, caring for family members and clinician self-care following a patient suicide is highlighted in this 2-part series.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Overview Of Suicide Prevention

III.         Theories Of Suicidal Behavior

1.   Cognitive Stress Diathesis Model

2.   Interpersonal Model of Suicidal Behavior

3.   Research in Suicidology

IV.          Protective Factors For Suicide

V.            Suicide And Mental Health Diagnoses

1.   Mood Disorders and Suicide

2.   Substance Use/Alcohol Use Disorders and Suicide

3.   Schizophrenia and Suicide

4.   Anxiety Disorders and Suicide

5.   Sleep Disorders and Suicide

6.   Violence and Trauma

7.   Borderline Personality Disorder and Suicide

8.   Eating Disorders and Suicide

9.   Emotional Regulation and Suicide

VI.          The Risk For Suicide In Special Populations

1.   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered

2.   Childhood Sexual Abuse

3.   Elderly

4.   Adolescents

a.   Bullying

b.   Mood Disorders and Psychosis

5.   Homelessness

6.   Incarceration

7.   Youth in Foster Care

8.   Physicians

VII.       Culture And Ethnicity As Risk Factors For Suicide

1.   American Indians

2.   African Americans

3.   Hispanic/Latinos

4.   Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders

5.   Immigrants

VIII.     Assessing Suicidal Risk

1.   Myths and Misconceptions About Suicide

2.   Assessment Process

3.   Multi-Association Assessment Guidelines

IX.          Therapeutic Rapport And Patient Alliance

1.   Initial Care

2.   Outpatient Treatment

3.   Therapy

X.            Psychopharmacology And Therapeutic Models

1.   Lithium

2.   Antidepressants

3.   Antipsychotics, Anticonvulsants and Sedative-hypnotics

4.   Psychotherapy: Models of Therapy

XI.          Summary


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