1st Steps in Suicide Prevention – Screening and Referral

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Course Description

This course is intended to teach allied health professionals about current statistics, screening for suicidal ideation and making referrals. Special populations are addressed. This course includes a post-test, as well as several lesson-recall examples throughout the content. By the completion of the course, the learner will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and practice of suicide prevention and screening/referral by passing a post-test with a score ≥ 80%.

Intended Audience

  • Certified Counselors/Advisors
  • Chemical Dependance Professionals
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Occupational Therapists & Assistants
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists & Assistants
  • Retired, Active License (dentists/optometrists)
  • Other Allied Health Providers
  • Washington State Licensed Professionals

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, healthcare providers will be able to:

  • Identify specific populations at greatest risk for suicide as measured by completion of a mid-lecture self-check question
  • Describe how to screen for suicidality as measured by completion of a post-presentation quiz
  • Demonstrate competence with the appropriate use of a suicide screening tool to identify those at risk for suicide during a case study
  • Describe the appropriate steps for referral to take after identifying a patient at risk for suicide, as measured by completion of a post-presentation quiz
  • Explain specific risk factors for Veterans and available interventions
  • Describe issues related to imminent harm by lethal means
  • Complete a structured suicide risk assessment based upon a case scenario

At the completion of this activity, assistants, aids, support staff, and pharmacy technicians will be able to:

  • Identify risk factors for suicide
  • Describe primary methods of suicide
Credit/Contact Hours
  • Amy Adkins-Dwivedi, MS, APRN
Development Team
  • Trisha Moreno
  • English
Release Date
February 1, 2023
Expiration Date
February 1, 2026
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Case Studies
  • Slides Presentation
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Clips
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Daily CE Broker Reporting for Registered Boards
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+

Course Content

1st Steps in Suicide Prevention: Screening and Referral
Lesson 1: Suicide in the US
Lesson 2: Special Populations at Greatest Risk for Suicide
Lesson 3: Screening for Risk of Suicide
Lesson 4: Referral
Lesson 5.1: Veteran Population
Lesson 6: Issues Related to Imminent Harm by Lethal Means
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