Assessment and Clinical Management of Suicidal Youth

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death for U.S. adolescents.  In 2017, 17.2% of U.S. high school students reported seriously considering attempting suicide during the prior 12 months.  Suicide risk assessment is a procedure that requires consistent pathways of communication and maintenance of skills.  In behavioral healthcare and medical settings, suicide is a primary patient safety risk; thus strong processes and communication regarding suicide risk is essential.  Additionally, suicide risk assessment is a Joint Commission 2010 National Patient Safety Goal.  This course is designed to provide behavioral health and medical professionals with an opportunity to enhance their background knowledge in understanding suicide risk factors and behavior, improve their understanding of suicide risk and protective factors, and build stronger skills for risk assessment and disposition planning.

Presenter: David Brent, MD, Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies, Academic Chief in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director, Services for Teens at Risk Center

Course Length:  120 minutes credit

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to discuss terminology and descriptive epidemiology of child and adolescent suicidal behavior.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the key domains to assess suicidal risk.
  3. Participants will be able to describe safety planning and disposition.

Course Online Evaluation: You will be prompted with a link to an online survey at the end of the course.

Course Achievement: No certificate will be available for this course. Completion for this course will, however, show up on the user’s transcript with any other courses that have been completed on the site.

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