• Suicide Prevention for Veterans, Part Two
The deadline for this training has been extended. Thank you to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for its continued support.


Suicide Prevention for Veterans, Part Two

Developed May 2021

Deadline for completion is September 30

1.5 CEs

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. In the first part of this training, attendees became familiar with military culture and the impact of that culture on veterans, identified 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 workshop continues the process of improving the ability to rapidly assess suicide risk and intervene to reduce risk in veteran populations for careline workers.

This course is constructed as reading-based and noninteractive.


  1. Rapidly identify suicide risk in veterans using valid screening tools.
  2. Rapidly identify suicide risk in veterans using interview strategies.
  3. Identify brief interventions for reducing suicide risk in veterans.

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.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu should you need further assistance.

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Generously funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068