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Suicide Prevention - Inpatient and Outpatient Assessment of Risk, Treatment, and Progress

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI and Jennifer McAnally, DNP

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 individuals with a mental illness and certain populations and social groups. Key studies and theories on suicidal risk factors and behaviors including an emphasis on modifiable risk, prevention and treatment are raised as important to primary health care and other medical and mental health professionals trained to provide initial and ongoing interventions between multiple inpatient and outpatient settings. The prevalence, risk and protective factors for suicidal thought and actions are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

I.     Introduction
II.    Overview of Suicide Prevention
1.      Terminology
III.   Suicide Prevalence
1.      Theories of Suicidal Behavior
2.      Cognitive Stress Diathesis Model
3.      Clinical Stress Diathesis Models
4.      Neurobiological Stress Diathesis Model
5.      Interpersonal Model of Suicidal Behavior
6.      Research in Suicidology
7.      Key Research Findings
8.      Environmental Stressors
9.      Lethal Methods/Impulsivity
10.    Biological Bases of Suicide
11.    Protective Factors for Suicide
12.    Suicide and Mental Health Diagnoses
13.    Mood Disorders and Suicide
14.    Substance Use Disorders and Suicide
15.    Schizophrenia and Suicide
16.    Anxiety Disorders and Suicide
17.    Sleep Disorders and Suicide
18.    Violence/Trauma and Suicide
19.    Borderline Personality Disorder and Suicide
20.    Eating Disorders and Suicide
21.    Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide
22.    Emotional Regulation and Suicide
 IV.    Suicide Risk in Special Populations
1.      Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered
2.      Childhood Sexual Abuse
3.      Elderly
4.      Adolescents
5.      Homelessness
6.      Incarceration
7.      Youth in Foster Care
8.      Physicians
V.    Culture and Ethnicity: Risk Factors for Suicide
1.      Native Americans/Alaska Natives
2.      African Americans
3.      Hispanic/Latinos
4.      Asian Americans
5.      Immigrants and Suicide
VI.     Assessing Suicidal Risk
1.      Myths and Misconceptions About Suicide
VII.    Suicide Assessment Process
1.      Current Presentation of Suicidality
2.      Suicidal History
VIII.   Multi-Association Assessment Guidelines
1.      Suicide Assessment
2.      Therapeutic Rapport and the Initial Encounter
3.      Outpatient Treatment
 IX.    Psychopharmacology and Therapeutic Models
1.      Lithium
2.      Antidepressants
3.      Antipsychotics, Ketamine, and Sedative-Hypnotics
4.      Psychotherapy Models
5.     Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) Intervention
6.      Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
7.      Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
8.      Alliance-Based Therapy
9.      Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (IPTS)
X.   Summary


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