FREE SELF-PACED TRAINING
Suicide Prevention for Veterans, Part One
Developed May 2021
Deadline for completion is September 30
This training is approved for CE for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for chemical dependency counselors in domain C7 and prevention professionals in domain PR1.
Level of Course | 100 Beginner
In 2018, 211 Ohio veterans died by suicide. In 2019, suicide prevention experts and stakeholders from all over the state of Ohio, gathered to produce the State Suicide Prevention Plan which included evidence-based strategies for preventing suicides for a range of populations including veterans. The purpose of this training is to provide frontline staff with the tools needed to assess and manage suicide risk in veterans. Attendees will become familiar with military culture and the impact of that culture on veterans, identify brief suicide screening and assessment strategies, gain the ability to recognize risk factors, protective factors, warnings signs, and suicide precipitants and utilize these constructs in responding to callers in suicidal crisis.
This course is constructed as reading-based and noninteractive.
- Become familiar with military culture and how it is reflected in veterans.
- Identify and apply brief suicide risk screening and assessment tools and strategies for managing suicide risk among veterans.
- Recognize risk factors, protective factors, warnings signs, and suicide precipitants.
Presented by Josephine Ridley, PhD
Psychologist, VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
Dr. Josephine Ridley is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. and M.A. from West Virginia University. She is currently Assistant Chief of Psychology at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Within the VA, she managed a partial hospitalization program for individuals with serious mental illness for more than 20 years. Dr. Ridley is Co-Chair of the VA’s Institutional Review Board and conducts research in the areas of depression and suicide. She has published book chapters and studies in peer reviewed journals in the areas of depression, anxiety and suicide. Dr. Ridley is Co-Editor for the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. She is a Master Trainer for the Zero Suicide Institute’s Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Workshop and has conducted trainings all over the country.
Evaluations will be immediately downloadable and must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.
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