Specialized Violence: Self-Directed Violence

Presented By Brianne Layden, PhD
Brianne Layden, PhD

1 hour | 1 CE

This on-demand professional training program on Specialized Violence: Self-Directed Violence is presented by Brianne Layden PhD, in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

Suicidal self-directed violence occurs in nearly every country and causes substantial personal and societal burdens. This program reviews conceptual and definitional issues related to suicidal self-directed violence, with a focus on distinguishing this behavior from non-suicidal self-injury. In addition, the nature of the problem is discussed on a global scale and within specific populations and settings.

Currently, many professionals rely on unstructured clinical judgment in their assessment of risk for suicide despite numerous calls for a more structured approach. As such, assessing suicidal self-directed violence methods are identified along with a review of evidence-based risk factors for suicide. Several structured professional judgment (SPJ) tools to evaluate the risk for self-directed violence are discussed, including an introduction to a new set of SPJ guidelines for assessing and managing risk for suicide across diverse settings and sectors.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the concept of suicidal self-directed violence and its association with, and distinction from, non-suicidal self-injury.

Describe awareness and understanding of risk factors related to suicidal self-directed violence.

Describe the benefits and application of structured professional judgment guidelines in the assessment and management of suicidal self-directed violence.


Presented By

Brianne Layden, PhD

Dr. Brianne Layden obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at Simon Fraser University. She worked with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia, Canada, as a psychology assistant, and with the DBT Centre of Vancouver as a clinical extern from 2012 to 2016. She also wor...

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Protect International Risk and Safety Services

We are proud to partner with Protect International Risk and Safety Services for this training. Protect International's threat Assessmentprofessionals are internationally recognized experts that have developed some of the world's most widely used and best-validated threat Assessmenttools. Protect International provides services and products related to violence risk Assessment and management, also known as threat Assessment and management. Protect International services and products include threat Assessmenttraining and support, case Assessment and management, legal consultation, policy review and development, and program evaluation and research; along with threat Assessmentmanuals, worksheets, licenses, and software applications for those tools.

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