Trends in Prevention Webinar Series

Suicide Risk in Uncertain Times

MAY 6, 2021 | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Deadline for registration is May 5

Approved for 1.25 Continuing Education Hours

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 prevention professionals in domain P2 and chemical dependency counselors in domain C2.

In his theory of suicidal behavior, Thomas Joiner proposes three factors that mark those most at risk of death: the feeling of being a burden on loved ones; the sense of isolation; and, perhaps chillingly, the learned ability to hurt oneself. He tests the theory against diverse facts taken from clinical anecdotes and research, uses the model to understand risk and protection during a pandemic, and draws out the model’s implications for risk assessment and mitigation. Course participants will be able to ask questions via webinar chat during the Q&A portion of the course.


  1. Review basic facts about the epidemiology and risk factors for death by suicide, including under a pandemic.
  2. Learn about a theory of suicidal behavior.
  3. Learn about approaches to suicide risk assessment and mitigation.


  • 11:00am – Introduction of Topic
  • 11:05am – Discussion of epidemiology and risk factors for death by suicide
  • 11:25am – Introduction to theory of suicidal behavior
  • 11:35am – Discussion of strategies to assess and mitigate suicide risk
  • 12:00pm – Q&A

Participants are required to stay logged-in for the Q&A portion of the training for successful completion, as it is part of the educational portion of this course.

Presented by Dr. Thomas Joiner

Professor at Florida State University

THOMAS JOINER grew up in Georgia, went to college at Princeton, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Joiner’s work is on the psychology, neurobiology, and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions. Author of over 750 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Joiner is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal /Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior and was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2017, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2020, was given the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology and the James McKeen Cattell Award for lifetime contributions to the area of applied psychological research by the Association for Psychological Science.

Evaluations will be distributed within 24 hours after the training via email. You will receive a link where you can submit the completed evaluation. Evaluations 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. You may request an accommodation or inquire about accessibility as part of the Zoom registration process. Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu should you need further assistance.

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Register For 5/6 Training Here

Deadline for registration is May 5

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