Suicide Prevention Resource for Action (4 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course explores suicide prevention and provides strategies and approaches for reducing suicide risk and harms.  Strategies include: strengthen economic supports, create protective environments, improve access and delivery of suicide care, promote healthy connections, teach coping and problem-solving skills, identify and support people at risk, and lessen harms and prevent future risk.  The course explores risk and protective factors at the individual, relationship, community, and societal level.  Crisis response interventions and therapeutic treatment approaches are discussed.

This course is recommended for social workers and counselors and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Course Reading:  Suicide Prevention Resource for Action

Publisher:  CDC

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by examining strategies to reduce risk factors for suicide.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the 7 select strategies to reduce suicide.  Identify risk and protective factors associated with suicide.  Identify crisis response interventions and therapeutic treatment approaches.

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This course includes 25 test questions.  Your computer must be configured to accept cookies to save your answers if you log-out.  

Course Available Until: October 31, 2027.

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1: Some population groups disproportionately impacted by higher-than-average suicide rates include
2: Transition periods are associated with _____________ risk of suicide.
3: ____________ adolescents are at higher risk of suicidal ideation.
4: Previous suicide attempt is a(n) ____________ risk factor for suicide.
5: Chronic pain is a(n) ______________ risk factor for suicide.
6: Easy access to firearms among people at risk is a(n) _______________ risk factor for suicide.
7: Support from partners, friends, and family is a(n) __________ protective factor.
8: The effects of ACEs are often
9: Studies estimate that the number of individuals impacted by a single suicide attempt ranges from 135 to __________ individuals.
10: Historical trends in the US indicate that suicide rates _________ during economic expansions.
11: One study in the US found that state suicide rates decreased as per capita spending increased on
12: Almost ___________ of people who use a firearm in a suicide attempt die from their injury.
13: Research indicates that the interval between deciding to act and attempting suicide can be as short as
14: People tend to substitute a different method when a highly lethal method is unavailable or difficult to access.
15: A review of literature found that acute alcohol use was associated with more than ____________ of suicides.
16: Which of the following might help to put time and space between lethal means and people with suicidal thoughts or intent?
17: State-level nondiscrimination policies towards LGBTQ+ communities has been associated with decreased suicide-related hospitalization.
18: Social capital is related to
19: Which groups are disproportionately impacted by suicidal thoughts, attempts, and/or suicide?
20: Outlining what to do during a crisis, including steps for identifying personal warning signs, using coping strategies, activating social support, and accessing professional services is an example of
21: Which of the following is a multi-component therapy for individuals who may struggle with impulsivity and regulating emotions?
22: Which of the following is a well-studied form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing patients' thoughts and behaviors, which reciprocally influence the other?
23: Which is a method used to rapidly identify someone who needs further evaluation?
24: Postvention happens ___________ a suicide has taken place.
25: Safe messaging emphasizes that suicide is

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 4 clinical continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. She has practiced for many years in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.