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Meeting & Beating the Recommended Standard of Care for Suicidal Patients

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Free 10 Hour Professional Development Opportunity for Healthcare Clinicians

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Meeting and Beating the Recommended Standard of Care for Suicidal Patients:

DBT Skill and Enhanced Safety Planning Using the Zero Suicide Framework with Ursula Whiteside, PhD

Training includes Four Online Webinars and a Full Day Online Workshop designed to provide a practical and effective approach for primary care and behavioral health staff supporting patients with mental health and substance-use struggles in outpatient settings. While we have chunked the course according to the below structure, coursework is online, on-demand and can be completed as desired any time before August 1, 2020.

Training Schedule & Course Description

Pre-Workshop Webinar: Orientation to the training and materials, plus pre-work to prepare for best experience with training. (1 hour)

All-Day Workshop: Introduction to and practice of five Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills to be incorporated into an enhanced safety plan. The NowMattersNow.org Safety Plan is designed not only for safety, but also to empower patients and support building a life worth living. (6 hours)

Webinar Booster 1: Ice-Water and Paced Breathing Review Plus Refresh on "On Fire" Safety Planning Strategies: Stop, Drop and Roll for Overwhelming Emotions or Urges. (1 hour)

Webinar Booster 2: Opposite Action Deep Dive and Mindfulness Reboot to support "In A Fire" Safety Planning strategies. (1 hour)

Webinar Booster 3: Mindfulness of Current Emotion and Bonus Interpersonal Skills, plus "Fire Prevention" Strategies Problem Solving. (1 hour)

Who Should Participate?

Healthcare providers in outpatient and community health supporting suicidal patients, including Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors; Registered Nurses; Primary Care physicians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists; Licensed Nurse Practitioners; Certified Nursing Assistants; Physician Assistants, Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses and other relevant health/behavioral health care staff.


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

  • Describe Linehan’s Theory of Emotion Dysregulation (aka the Stress Model), and relationship to social justice and safety planning.
  • Recall and differentiate DBT Skills (e.g., Opposite Action or Paced Breathing).
  • Explain language recommendations (from those with lived experience) concerning suicide and substance use.
  • Name the main three components of Recommended Standard of Care for suicidal individuals.
  • Name the elements of the NowMattersNow.org Fire Safety Plan, as well as the 3 On Fire steps.

Completion Requirements

Participants are asked to attend the entire learning series 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 10.00 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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