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Suicide Prevention: Epidemiology, Assessment and Interventions


February 1


09:00 am - 04:00 pm

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California Society of Clinical Social Work


USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

669 West 34th Street

Los Angeles, CA, 90089

This six-hour suicide prevention course provides a comprehensive overview of current statistics, risk and protective factors, evidence based screening tools and interventions to assist professionals in providing more comprehensive care to individuals at risk of suicide. Data presented will provide an overview of gender and racial differences in suicide, means of suicide and review high risk populations and review the Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5150/5585 which governs involuntarily hospitalization. This course will also review updated evidence based screening tools, and treatments options including development of safety plans and documentation. It will also address organizational concerns, including how micro social workers and administrators can make their organizations more “suicide prevention” ready. Participants will also receive resources for on-going professional development. This training is interactive and requires participant engagement to practice skills introduced in the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review current trends in suicide rates and attempts
  2. Learn about groups at high risk of suicide
  3. Identify at least two risk and protective factors in assessing patients with suicide ideation
  4. Understand the criteria for 5150/5585 Involuntary Hospitalization.
  5. Increase knowledge of suicide screening tools
  6. Improve skills in assessment of suicide ideation with low to high risk
  7. Learn to develop a safety plan founded on evidence-based practices
  8. Assess organization workflow to determine suicide prevention readiness