Veterans Suicide Prevention and Intervention

 

Suicide is a global public health problem, of which suicide among Veterans is a significant portion. In fact, did you know that 22% of U.S. deaths from suicide are Veterans (Kemp & Bossarte, 2012)? Given this, it is crucial that you are well-equipped to help Veterans and military personnel to decrease the dramatic numbers of suicide that occur daily.

This course focuses on identifying the warning signs of suicide among Veterans, risk and protective factors, as well as the assessment and preventative interventions of suicidality. You will review some model programs established within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, address wait-times for treatment, and learn about other barriers related to access for treatment including the role of military culture.

This course is geared toward clinical professionals who work closely with Veterans in a variety of healthcare settings. A blend of case studies and interactive exercises will prepare you to apply the knowledge you gain in this training, so that you may call upon it in your own setting as needed.



$20.00

Hours: 2.00
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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-VS
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify cultural issues among Veterans that make it difficult for them to seek help for suicide ideation.
Discuss risk and protective factors and screening tools for addressing suicidality among Veterans.
Describe prevention and intervention strategies when working with Veterans who exhibit suicidal thinking.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Veteran Suicide and Military Culture

Meet Hank

Defining Suicide

Defining Veteran Status

A Note on Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

Rates of Suicide among Veterans

Demographic Factors

Veteran Demographics

Additional Veteran Demographics

Military Culture

Expectations and Perceptions

Quick Check

Deployment Experiences

Inquiring about Veteran Status and Military History

Let’s Practice Questioning!

Remember Hank?

Summary

Section 3: Co-Occurring Conditions among Veterans

Mental Health Conditions Common in Veterans

Mental Health Conditions and Veteran Suicide

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and Suicide

Identify TBI Symptoms

Chronic Pain and Suicide

Polytrauma Clinical Triad

Barriers to Seeking Care

Additional Barriers

Review

Summary

Section 4: Screening for Suicidality

Clear Warning Signs

Risk Assessment

Meet Paul

Risk Factors

Other Risk Factors

Protective Factors

Identifying Risk Level

Suicide Screening

Safety Planning and Means Reduction

Ask Paul the Right Questions

Determining Paul’s Risk Level

Suicide Assessment

The Right Response

Summary

Section 5: Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Suicide Intervention

Matching Levels of Risk

Zero Suicide

VA’s New Measures to Prevent Suicide

REACH VET

BeThere Initiative

TIDES

Coaching Into Care

Peer Support

Operation S.A.V.E.

Suicide Myths and Misinformation

S.A.V.E.

Means Reduction

Firearm Deaths

Other Lethal Means

Psychotherapy

Cognitive Approaches

CAMS

Problem Solving Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Psychodynamic Approaches

Medication and Suicide

Meet Rita

Summary

Section 6: Conclusion

Summary

Course Contributors

Resources

References

Instructor: Bridgett Ross, Psy. D.

Bridgett Ross, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University at the San Diego campus. She completed pre-doctoral internships at Children's Hospital Chadwick Center for Children and Families where she provided psychotherapy to children who had experience trauma. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship at Kaiser Permanente, which included diverse training in working with adults and children using evidence-based practices. Upon graduation, Dr. Ross worked for 4 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs conducting PTSD assessments and psychotherapy with military veterans and active duty service members. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Alvarado Parkway Institute providing inpatient and intensive outpatient interventions. For the last decade, she has worked in private practice treating various issues, with a focus on anxiety and mood disorders.  She has worked as a subject matter expert with Relias since 2013.

Disclosure: Bridgett Ross, Psy. D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Naju Madra, M.A.

Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

Disclosure: Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Daniel Ayers, LCSW
Daniel Ayers, LCSW received his Master's degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. He became fully licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 2005 and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings that include public mental health, Department of Veterans Affairs and private practice. He commissioned as a Behavioral Health Officer in the NC ARNG in 2013 and was hired full-time as the Director of Psychological Health for the National Guard in 2014. He was responsible for the establishment and development of the Guard's psychological readiness program that now operates with 22 full-time staff supporting the ten thousand Soldiers of the NC ARNG. CPT Ayers deployed to the Middle East in 2016 providing full spectrum behavioral healthcare in multiple duty locations. He continues to manage the day-to-day operations of the Behavioral Health Operations Program at Joint Forces Headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. Disclosure: Daniel Ayers, LCSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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The target audience for this course is: entry level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; entry level Marriage and Family Therapists; entry level Psychologists; entry level Social Workers; Nurses; Physicians; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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