Suicide Prevention Training for Washington State

Suicide Prevention Training for Washington State 

This multi-lesson module provides suicide training according to the State of Washington requirements. The four lessons cover: 1) Suicide Risk Factors, Screening, and Assessment. This course will provide in-depth information on how to identify risk factors of suicide, as well as best practices for suicide screening and assessment. 2) Interventions for Suicide Risk and Postvention for Suicide Loss Survivors. Presents information about evidence-based, suicide-specific interventions as well as approaches for suicide postvention. 3) Community-Based Suicide Prevention. Discusses community-based, primary prevention approaches for reducing suicide risk. 4) Identification, Prevention, and Treatment of Suicidal Behavior for Service Members and Veterans. Discusses suicide in military and veteran populations and its health significance, risks, rates, factors, and interventions.


Hours: 6.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Occupational Therapy Association


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Category: Category 1 & 2.

This activity is approved for 6.00 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Health Suicide Prevention


Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-SPTWA
Hours: 6
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Recognize risk and protective factors for suicide.
List specific populations that are at increased risk of suicide.
Explain how to effectively use suicide screening instruments to identify individuals at risk.
Summarize the major components of a comprehensive suicide assessment.
Explain the factors you should consider when determining what interventions may be needed for suicidal individuals.
Describe 3 evidence-based interventions for treating individuals at risk for suicide or who have made a recent attempt.
List ways you can reduce suicide contagion through responsible communication about suicide.
Discuss how you would use postvention strategies with those affected by or bereaved by suicide.
Explain the public health model of suicide prevention.
List strategies that can be used to bolster individual and environmental protective factors.
Describe 3 primary prevention programs used to reduce suicide risk in various community settings.
State the basic tenets of responsible public messaging about suicide.
Identify risk and protective factors for suicide that are either specific to or more prevalent for the military than in the civilian population.
Discuss how the theories of suicide behavior apply specifically to the military population.
Demonstrate how evidence-based strategies can be used to more effectively assess risk and manage suicidal behavior in a clinical setting.


Lesson 1: Suicide Risk Factors, Screening, and Assessment

Lesson 2: Interventions for Suicide Risk and Postvention for Suicide Loss Survivors

Lesson 3: Community-Based Suicide Prevention

Lesson 4: Identification, Prevention, and Treatment of Suicidal Behavior for Service Members and Veterans

Final Exam

Instructor: Randy Martin, PhD
Dr. Martin, a licensed psychologist, oversees HRI’s clinical department, which consists of intake EAP counselors, face-to-face counselors, and management consultants. Dr. Martin is responsible for the operation of HRI’s EAP, implementation of new policies and procedures to ensure quality service delivery for clients, and training EAP staff members. He has more than 29 years of experience managing and supervising mental health and EAP professionals, practicing psychotherapy, consulting with management and HR in corporate settings on behavioral health issues, and intervening in crisis situations for both small and large-scale disasters. Dr. Martin has worked in numerous settings in both non-profit and corporate sectors, including employee assistance programs, suicide prevention hotlines, mobile crisis teams, community mental health centers, developmental disability organizations, and crisis intervention services. Prior to joining HRI in 2011, Dr. Martin was the director of crisis and behavioral health technology at LifeNet, a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis centers, at the Mental Health Association of New York City. Before that, he served as a workforce consultant and account executive for FEI Behavioral Health. Dr. Martin earned his PhD in Psychology/Counseling from Indiana State University and a Master’s in Counseling from the State University of New York at Albany. He is widely quoted and has appeared on WebMD, CNN Radio, 1010 WINS News Radio, WPIX Evening News, and in web and print articles in, among others, The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, HR Executive Online, The Journal News, Time Out New York and The National Herald. Dr. Martin is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. Disclosure: Randy Martin, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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.
Expert Reviewer: Scott Zeller, M.D.
Dr. Zeller is Vice President for Acute Psychiatric Medicine for the physician partnership CEP America, in Emeryville, CA. He is the former Chief of Psychiatric Emergency Services of the Alameda Health System, Oakland, CA, and in his 30 years in Emergency Psychiatry, he has personally cared for over 80,000 patients. Dr. Zeller is an Assistant Clinical Professor at both the University of California-Riverside and Touro University medical schools, and is Past-President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry. He is the author of multiple textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and lectures internationally as a keynote speaker. He led development of both the USA and International Guidelines on Evaluation of Treatment of Agitation, and has published research on innovative designs and systems for emergency mental healthcare, which he has also helped to implement in multiple locations around the country. Dr. Zeller was named the National Council on Behavioral Health's 2015 "USA Doctor of the Year", and his latest book is "The Diagnosis and Management of Agitation" (London:Cambridge University Press, 2017). Disclosure: Scott Zeller, M.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Jack M. Gorman, M.D.
Jack M. Gorman, M.D. founded Franklin Behavioral Healthcare Consultants in 2010. He is currently CEO and Chief Scientific Officer. Franklin Behavioral Healthcare Consultants provides expert guidance to biotech companies and to health care organizations in order to improve CNS drug development and the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of mental health care. Before founding Franklin Behavioral Healthcare Consultants, Dr. Gorman was Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice-President of both Comprehensive NeuroScience Inc and Care Management Technologies Inc. In those positions he used his two decades of experience in neuroscience, psychiatry, and psychopharmacology to help develop new programs in behavioral health care management and CNS drug development. Dr. Gorman was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and completed residency and fellowship training in the Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute program. He was on the faculty of Columbia University from 1981 to 2002, becoming Lieber Professor, Vice-chair for Research and Director of the Lieber Center for Schizophrenia Research. He then became Klingenstein Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Gorman was elected a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, has authored or co-authored more than 400 scientific articles and chapters, and was continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for his research from 1981 until 2006 and received three research grants from the Brain and Behavior Institute (formerly NARSAD). He won numerous awards for his research and service to psychiatry from organizations like the American Psychiatric Association, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Mental Illness Foundation, and Society for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is one of the most frequently cited authors in the psychiatry and neuroscience literatures. Dr. Gorman is co-editor of the textbooks Treatments that Work, now in its third edition, and Comprehensive Textbook of AIDS Psychiatry and author of the popular book The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs, which appeared in its fourth edition in 2007. His expertise is in behavioral healthcare management and improvement, psychopharmacology, and clinical and basic neuroscience. Dr. Gorman has been married for 36 years to New York City psychiatrist Dr. Lauren Kantor Gorman and is the father of two daughters, Dr. Rachel Gorman and Dr. Sara Gorman. He currently devotes substantial time to work with philanthropic organizations including the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force of the UJA-Federation of New York; the JED Foundation; and the American Jewish World Service. Disclosure: Jack M. Gorman, M.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Kimberly Roaten, Ph.D., CRC
Kimberly Roaten, Ph.D., CRC, received her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology degrees from UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern and the Director of Quality for Safety, Education and Implementation for the behavioral health service line at Parkland Health & Hospital System (PHHS). Dr. Roaten is an attending psychologist on the Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry team at Parkland Memorial Hospital where she supervises psychiatry and psychology trainees. She serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals, is a member of multiple national committees related to patient care and safety, and has published numerous peer reviewed articles related to suicide risk assessment. Dr. Roaten leads the universal suicide screening program at PHHS in which more than 40,000 suicide screenings are completed per month. Dr. Roaten and her team members have been invited to speak locally and nationally about population health strategies for suicide prevention. Disclosure: Kimberly Roaten, Ph.D., CRC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Kathryn Falbo-Woodson, MSW, LCSWA
Kathryn Falbo-Woodson, MSW, LCSWA, is a licensed clinical social worker for Atrium Health-Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte and Monroe, NC. She works extensively with adult cancer patients and their family systems in psychotherapy, supportive counseling, and case management throughout diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and death/dying. Kathryn also serves as president for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-NC Chapter and is specially trained in bereavement of survivors of suicide. Kathryn earned her B.A. in psychology from West Virginia University, and her M.S.W. at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as a PrimeCare Scholar and receiving specialized training in integrated healthcare. Disclosure: Kathryn Falbo-Woodson, MSW, LCSWA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Jenna Ermold, Ph.D.
Jenna Ermold, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist working as the Assistant Director of Online Programs for the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In this capacity, she oversees the development and dissemination of online training programs for behavioral health clinicians to improve competency in working with military members and their families. Additionally, she develops and presents workshops across the country to military and civilian audiences on topics in deployment behavioral health and evidence-based therapies for PTSD. She is a graduate of the Malcolm Grow (USAF) Medical Center Psychology Residency Program and served on active duty as a psychology in the United States Air Force from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Ermold graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in psychology and English and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. She specializes in health psychology, behavioral health integration into primary care, women's reproductive behavioral health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and military psychology.  Disclosure: Jenna Ermold, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Michelle Cornette, Ph.D.
Michelle Cornette, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist working as the Suicide Prevention Subject Matter Expert at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. In this capacity, she is developing a suicide prevention evidence-based psychotherapy workshop for military mental health providers as part of the CDP's Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Program, and she is the Faculty POC for the one-week civilian training course. From 2003 to 2011, Dr. Cornette worked at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, where she was Suicide Prevention Team Leader, Mental Health Division Research Lead, and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 Suicide Prevention Director. In the latter capacity, she was responsible for overseeing suicide prevention activities at the seven VA facilities in VISN 12. She also chaired Zablocki's hospital-wide suicide prevention committee. She holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Cornette earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed her post-doc in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, and completed her internship at the DVA/Medical University of South Carolina Psychology Internship Consortium. Disclosure: Michelle Cornette, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Regina Shillinglaw, Ph.D.
Regina Shillinglaw, Ph.D. is a Deployment Behavioral Health Psychologist with the Center for Deployment Psychology and works as the Assistant Training Director in the pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Ohio. Dr. Shillinglaw trains psychology, psychiatry, and social work residents at WPAFB on deployment-related mental health issues. In addition, she treats patients and supervises residents in the mental health clinic. Dr. Shillinglaw is a consultant at WPAFB and in the local area for military mental health issues. She also provides training to other mental health professionals on deployment-related topics such as military culture, families and deployment, and PTSD in various locations as needed for the Center for Deployment Psychology. Dr. Shillinglaw received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1998. Between 1997 and 2001, she served on active duty in the United States Air Force. During this time, she completed an internship at Wright Patterson Medical Center from 1997 to 1998 and then was stationed at Robins Air Force Base for three years as the Chief of Psychological Services. Dr. Shillinglaw’s areas of interest include military psychology, PTSD, and the treatment of suicidal behavior. Disclosure: Regina Shillinglaw, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Marjan G. Holloway, Ph.D.
Dr. Holloway is an Associate Professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and a faculty member of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Suicide and the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Currently, Dr. Holloway is the Chair of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Task Group on military suicide. She has previously served as a member of the Defense Health Board Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces and has been a contributor to the Center for Deployment Psychology’s curriculum on military suicide prevention over the past six years. Dr. Holloway’s Laboratory for the Treatment of Suicide-Related Ideation and Behavior at USUHS, with generous funding from various DoD and private sponsors, focuses on military suicide prevention research and development of evidence-based suicide prevention practices. Most recently, Dr. Holloway and her team have developed a revised clinical guide for the United States Air Force on suicide risk assessment, management, and treatment. Disclosure: Marjan G. Holloway, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Lisa French, Psy.D.
Lisa French, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who has been with the CDP since 2011, initially working as a Deployment Behavioral Health Psychologist at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and now serving as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trainer. Dr. French graduated from Oregon State University where she majored in Psychology and earned her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She graduated from the Wright-Patterson (USAF) Medical Center Psychology Residency Program in 2003 and served on Active Duty as a psychologist in the United States Air Force from 2002-2011. Dr. French deployed in 2006 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As a military spouse, Dr. French continues to experience military life daily and has firsthand understanding of the demands of military service on the family. Her professional interests include military psychology, the assessment and treatment of PTSD and depression, exercise psychology, and suicide prevention/treatment. Disclosure: Lisa French, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
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