Suicide Screening for Direct Care

Suicide Screening for Direct Care 

In the past decade, the number of deaths by suicide has increased, and even greater numbers of people attempt or have frequent thoughts about suicide. It is therefore likely that you will encounter suicidal individuals in your work. Many providers are fearful of discussing suicide with their clients, as they feel unsure of what to say. This course will provide you with a brief overview of factors to consider when working with potentially suicidal clients. By understanding some basic elements of screening and ways to discuss suicide openly, you will be better able to support suicidal clients. Note: This course provides only a brief overview of the topic of suicide screening. More in-depth content is covered in our other courses on the subject.


Hours: 0.75


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-BH4
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe risk factors and warning signs of suicide.
Differentiate screening from assessment, and understand your role in that process.
Communicate more effectively with potentially suicidal clients.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Suicide: An Overview of the Problem A. Meet Katherine B. Myths About Suicide C. Facts About Suicide D. Risk Factors E. Warning Signs F. Let’s Review G. Summary Section 3: Screening for Suicide A. Screening Instruments B. What to Ask and How to Ask It C. Helpful Do’s and Don’ts when Talking About Suicide D. Let’s Review E. Summary Section 4: Promoting Safety A. Next Steps B. Let’s Review C. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations

Instructor: Monique Kahn, Psy.D.
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Direct Care Workers; Entry level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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