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Suicide Prevention - Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals

  • The Beechwood Hotel 363 Plantation Street Worcester, MA, 01605 United States (map)

Presenter: Barry M. Feldman, Ph.D., Director, Psychiatry Programs in Public Safety, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Description: Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk includes:

  • 6 1/2 hours of training, in a mix of lecture, paired practice, written exercises, and video modeling

  • An engaging and stimulating participant manual, including bibliographies for each of the five major section

  • Post-workshop access to additional resources on a web page exclusively for AMSR participants and trainers

  • Ample time for discussion

Suicidal behavior is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Over 30,000 people die by suicide each year, the equivalent of one major airliner filled with passengers crashing every two days. Hundreds of thousands of people are treated in hospital emergency departments each year following a suicide attempt.

A significant proportion of people who die by suicide have had recent contact with a mental health professional. However, many providers are inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicidal patients or clients.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk was designed to address that training gap. It teaches essential core competencies that meet the needs of an entire spectrum of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors, social workers, and employee assistance professionals.

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