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Suicide Prevention: Assessment and Treatment Part 2

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.           Veterans At Risk For Suicide: VA/DoD Clinical Practice


1.   Mental Health Disorders in Veterans

2.   Screening for Military Service

3.   Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans

4.   Depression in Veterans

5.   Grieving in the Veteran Population

III.         Risk Of Suicide In Veterans

1.   Assessment of Suicidal Ideation

2.   Suicide Risk Factors

3.   Suicide Risk Prevention

IV.          Caring For The Caregiver

1.   Peer Supervision/Consultation

2.   Patient Suicide and Clinician Response

V.            Ethical And Legal Issues When Caring For Suicidal Patients

1.   Ethical Issues

2.   Risk Management/Therapeutic Risk Management

3.   Suicide Risk Assessment and Safety

VI.          Support For Family And Friends Of A Suicide Victim

1.   Acute Grief

2.   Integrated Grief

3.   Complicated Grief

4.   Other Issues of Grief and Suicide

5.   Family Impact

6.   Interventions for Suicide Loss

7.   Children and Loss

VII.       Summary


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