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Universal Precautions to Suicide Risk: Because Anyone Could Be at Risk

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Spring Grove Hospital Center

55 Wade Avenue

Vocational Rehabilitation Building

Catonsville, MD 21228

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Workshop Description: The presenter will make a case in favor of Universal Precautions as a new approach to reduce suicide risk as opposed to the current mind-set of “suicide prevention.” The evolution of Universal Precautions as an approach to reduce the risk of disease transmission when dealing with bodily fluids will be used to launch the discussion about an analogous approach to suicide risk reduction.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn about the evolution of Universal Precautions as a strategy to impact a public health concern

2. Participants will appreciate how identification of high risk populations is at the cornerstone of suicide prevention strategies

3. Participants will understand the difference between “suicide prevention” strategies and a Universal Precaution strategy geared towards “suicide risk reduction.”

Intended Audience: Mental health and medical professionals of all disciplines, advocacy groups, policy makers, mental health consumers and lay public

Presenter: Stephen B. Goldberg, MD

Sponsored by the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration’s Office of Workforce Development and Training.

The Office of Workforce Development and Training is authorized by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists to sponsor continuing education programs for Category A CEU (1), the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs for Category I CEU (1), the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and the Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals & Advocates to sponsor continuing education programs for CEU (1). Participants must attend all hours of the training and submit an evaluation to receive a certificate. The Office of Workforce Development and Training maintains full responsibility for this program.

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