On Wednesday, October 20, McLean Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine are offering a free virtual workshop on suicide assessment and prevention.
“Suicide-Focused Assessment and Treatment: An Update for Professionals” will feature presentations on current suicide epidemiology by nationally recognized experts who will review new approaches and therapeutics for both suicide assessment and treatment while also highlighting the critical role of safety planning.
- Half-day event features national experts discussing cutting-edge advances in suicide-focused assessment and treatment
- Aimed at psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other mental health professionals
- Workshop is free for those not seeking continuing education credits
- Registration is now open
“It is critical that we, as clinicians, educators, and trusted members of our communities, arm ourselves with skills that we can apply in our daily work to better care for those who are most vulnerable and need our support,” said Scott L. Rauch, MD, McLean’s president and psychiatrist in chief. “By sharing our knowledge of cutting-edge advances in suicide-focused assessment and treatment through workshops like this, we are having a positive impact on our communities.”
Studies show that over the past two decades the suicide rate has increased significantly, with nearly 50,000 people currently dying by suicide in America each year. According to Doug Jacobs, MD, who co-directs this course and who also founded the website Stop A Suicide Today, this increase has come at a time when “there are more and more resources available to help us address the issue.”
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