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Making it Matter with Micro-Interventions: Brief Care Interventions NMN

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Free 1.5 Hour Professional Development Opportunity for Healthcare Delivery Providers

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Making it Matter with Micro-Interventions:

Brief Interventions for Clinical Care Using the Zero Suicide Framework with Ursula Whiteside, PhD founder of NowMattersNow.org

Training includes a 1.5 Hour Online Program designed to provide a practical and effective approach for healthcare clinicians, peer-support staff and support staff working with patients experiencing mental health and substance-use struggles (including suicidal thoughts) in outpatient and inpatient settings. The course requires outside of class independent practice of techniques taught in course.

Training Schedule & Course Description

You will be directed to a course website. You will have one month to complete the course once initiated, including course independent work. The course includes practical strategies to be applied to everyday personal and work life to be done independently. After completing the online course content, and once you have practiced these strategies independently, you are eligible to complete the final piece of the course. The documentation of your independent participation will make you eligible for your course certificate.

Who Should Participate?

Healthcare providers in inpatient, outpatient and community health, including Nursing (RN, LPN, MA, CNA); Therapists (e.g., Marriage & Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers); Providers (NP: ARNP or DNP, PA, MD, DO, ND), Peer Support specialists, and other relevant health/behavioral health care staff.


At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Name the Four Categories of Micro-Interventions as taught in the workshop.
  • Differentiate DBT Skills introduced in training (e.g., Opposite Action or Paced Breathing).
  • Explain the utility of “storytelling” (aka social modeling) in brief-interventions.
  • Apply Do It Now strategies to increase likelihood of patients acquiring new behaviors.
  • Recall guidance for creating Caring Contacts
  • Describe the Biosocial Theory of Emotion Dysregulation (Stress Model)
  • Identify statements of hope and change statements considered to be Linking Statements

Completion Requirements

Participants are asked to attend the entire learning series along with independent work and complete an evaluation with attendance attestation.

About our Speaker

Ursula Whiteside, PhD (ursulawhiteside.org) is an advocate for the consumer or lived experience voice in suicide prevention and has developed an online public resource and non-profit based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills: NowMattersNow.org. She is co-investigator on grants from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Institute of Mental Health. She is a licensed Clinical psychologist with over 20 years in the field of research and treatment for severely suicidal individuals. Dr. Whiteside also serves as faculty on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Zero Suicide initiative (see ZeroSuicide.com), which is focused on dramatically improving the way healthcare systems respond to suicidal individuals. This training series is being provided free of charge to healthcare clinicians with the support of Ursula Whiteside LLC; NowMattersNow.org; rural counties including St. Louis (Minnesota), Pacific and Grays Harbor (Washington), Washington (Rhode Island), Marion (Oregon); the Minnesota Department of Health; and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Zero Suicide is an international effort by which healthcare organizations strive to make suicide a “never event”.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Wisconsin Medical Society through the joint providership of MetaStar, Inc. and Ursula Whiteside, LLC. MetaStar, Inc. is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MetaStar, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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