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Beyond Suicide Assessment:

Enhanced Suicide Risk Formation and Simultaneous Brief Intervention

A. Research in the past year--some of which includes research on 1100 seriously mentally ill patients conducted by the presenter--has led to some dramatic changes in how scientist-clinicians are now thinking about suicide assessment. Some of these findings include:

1) the fact that many previously-endorsed suicide risk variables predict suicide ideation but not lethal suicide risk,

2) the focus by research clinicians away from suicide ideation alone to how clients get from suicide ideation to lethal risk (an “ideation-to-action” framework),

3) the discovery that relying on clients’ willingness to verbalize suicidal thoughts (e.g. as in the Columbia Screen) misses the fact that the majority of persons who end their lives in suicide deny having suicidal thoughts in their last contact,

4) the importance of “shadow” risk variables (insomnia, agitation, tortured mentation, capacity for suicide, negative thought patterns, etc.) in determining lethal suicide risk,

5) the fact that two long-term prediction studies indicate that assigning clients into low, moderate or high risk categories has little scientific validity, and

6) the importance of integrating brief suicide intervention as part of suicide assessment

B. This training will consist of:

1) describing a comprehensive model of understanding lethal suicide attempts (genetics, trauma, clinical factors, and negative thought patterns, combining with trigger- and crisis-related mental states),

2) offering an evidence-based framework, based on this model, that promotes the use of improved risk variables focusing on lethal risk and not suicide ideation alone,

3) practicing enhanced risk formulation-- how these variables “configure” into specific patterns or combinations,

4) learning two specific “models of suicide risk”: a) risk variable patterns that relate to general, lifetime risk for suicide (emphasizing specific thoughts and trauma patterns) and b) the context of acute, accelerating risk for suicide that underscores how suicide risk emerges into an explicit, lethal situation underlain by 4 specific, “activating” risk patterns,

5) practice in brief, intermediate and comprehensive suicide assessment, and

6) how understanding the specific ways that each person becomes suicidal can allow the clinician to insert brief interventions—based on the assessment risk variables--and activities to enhance further engagement into the assessment process.

Target audience: social workers, case managers, therapists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses and other mental health professionals.

FAQs -- Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this training open to anyone who wants to sign up? YES.

2. I may have been at a training offered by Dr. Geis in the past. Will this be a repeat of past trainings?

NO. This is information based on new studies and new research. It is a completely new suicide assessment model.

3. Is a certificate of attendance available for this training? YES. 6 hours of credit.

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