Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs and Practices (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores strategies and approaches for suicide prevention and includes a discussion of strengthening economic supports, strengthening mental health care, creating protective environments, promoting connectedness, teaching coping, supporting people at risk, and lessening harm.  Comprehensive prevention efforts are identified along with examples of effective programs, practices, and policies.

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

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Course Reading:  Preventing Suicide:  A Technical Package of Policy, Programs and Practices

Publisher:  The CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to preventing suicide.

Learning Objectives:  Identify strategies and approaches for strengthening economic supports. Identify strategies and approaches for creating protective environments.  Identify strategies and approaches for promoting connectedness.  Identify strategies and approaches for identifying and supporting people at risk.

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1: For questions 1-7, please refer to the Overview.  Overall suicide rates increased __________ from 2000 to 2015.
2: Suicide rates vary by race/ ethnicity with the highest rates across the life span occurring among non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native and
3: Availability of lethal means of suicide is an example of which of the following types of suicide risk?
4: Protective factors that buffer against the risk of suicide include which of the following?
5: Women exposed to partner violence are nearly __________ more likely to attempt suicide as women not exposed to partner violence.
6: The psychosocial effects of violence in childhood and adolescence can be observed decades later.
7: In an early study, Crosby and Sacks estimated that  for each suicide, _______________ adults were exposed or knew about the death.
8: For questions 8-11, please refer to Strengthen Economic Supports.  Studies from the US indicate suicide rates _______________ during economic expansions.
9: An examination of variations in unemployment benefit programs across states demonstrated that the impact of unemployment on rates of suicide was offset in those states that provided ____________ unemployment benefits.
10: Flavin and Radcliff found that as per capita spending on states' total transfer payments, medical benefits and family assistance increased there was an associated __________ in state suicide rates.
11: A longitudinal analysis of annual data on suicides and foreclosures demonstrated that as the proportion of foreclosed properties increase in US states, the state suicide rate _______________, particularly among working-aged adults.
12: For questions 12-16, please refer to Strengthen Access and Delivery of Suicidal Care.  Federal and state laws include provisions for _______________coverage of mental health services in health insurance plans that is on par with coverage for other health concerns (i.e., mental health parity).
13: If a state has a stronger mental health parity law than the federal parity law, then insurance plans regulated by the state must follow the
14: The National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
15: A 2012 retention survey found that 61% of NHSC mental and behavioral health care providers
16: Telemental health may help to
17: For questions 17-22, please refer to Create Protective Environments.  The current evidence suggests three potential approaches for creating environments that protect against suicide, including
18: About _______________ of people who use a firearm in a suicide attempt die from their injury.
19: The interval between deciding to act and attempting suicide can be as short as
20: Acute alcohol use has been found to be associated with approximately ______________ of suicide attempts.
21: According to a recent systematic review of clinic and community-based education and counseling interventions, which of the following significantly increased safe firearm storage practices?
22: Which of the following programs trained psychiatric emergency clinicians in a large children's hospital to provide lethal means counseling and safe storage boxes to parents of patients under age 18 receiving care for suicidal behavior?
23: For questions 23-25, please refer to Promote Connectedness.  Peer norm programs seek to leverage the leadership qualities and social influence of
24: Which of the following is not a focus of a social-emotional learning program?
25: Parenting skill and family relationship programs enhance
26: For questions 26-29, please refer to Identify and Support People at Risk.  Vulnerable populations who are at risk of suicidal behavior include which of the following?
27: Which of the following is an example of gatekeeper training?
28: What percent of suicide attempt survivors re-attempt within a year?
29: Active follow-up contact approaches such as postcards, letters, and telephone calls is an example of
30: For questions 30-31, please refer to Lessen Harms and Prevent Future Risk.  Postvention programs seek to help
31: How can safe reporting and messaging reduce the likelihood of suicide contagion?
32: For question 32, please refer to Sector Involvement.  The strategies and approaches outlined in this technical package can best be accomplished by

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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 2 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.