Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention for a Diverse Population

Presented By Bruce Bongar, PhD | Peter Goldblum, PhD | Joyce Chu, PhD | Christopher Weaver, PhD
Bruce Bongar, PhD Peter Goldblum, PhD Joyce Chu, PhD Christopher Weaver, PhD

10 Hours | 10 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention for a Diverse Population is presented by Bruce Bonger, Ph.D., ABPP; Joyce Chu, Ph.D.; Peter Goldblum, Ph.D., MPH, and Christoper Weaver, Ph.D.

Though almost all mental health professionals encounter suicide risk within their practices, formal training on suicide risk Assessment and intervention is sparse. This program focuses on the current gold standards for practice in suicide management. A usable framework and accessible guidelines will ensure that participants are able to competently manage suicide risk in their practice, incorporating the latest standards in suicide science. Program content includes skills in conceptualizing dynamic versus static suicide risk factors, legal and ethical considerations, documentation, and other considerations.

While most health and behavioral health professionals have been trained to manage suicide with similar strategies and guidelines regardless of cultural identity or background, studies have long shown that suicide looks and develops differently in LGBTQ and ethnic minority groups. Through this training, participants also learn how to incorporate cultural considerations and manage suicide in culturally diverse populations. This training provides a foundational understanding of how suicide differs across cultural groups and covers advances in the culturally competent Assessment and management of suicide. Participants learn state-of-science theoretical, measurement, and applied research as practical approaches to assist clinicians in accounting for cultural influences on suicide risk among diverse populations. The program utilizes a didactic presentation infused with clinical discussion and case practice.

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 six key steps of suicide risk Assessment and management

Describe clinical inquiry about suicidal ideation, behaviors, and risk to individual client needs

Describe dynamic versus static risk factors

Describe important clinical and legal documentation considerations involved in suicide risk management

Describe the latest research on cultural differences in suicide, and culturally competent Assessment and prevention of suicide among ethnic minority and LGBTQ populations.

Describe predominant barriers to training and practice in culturally competent suicide Assessment and practice

Describe a guiding framework and Assessmenttools/approaches that advance culturally competent suicide practice with diverse populations

Describe a suicide risk case conceptualization and intervention plan


Presented By

Bruce Bongar, PhD

Dr. Bruce Bongar, Ph.D., ABPP, FAPM, received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and served his internship in clinical-community psychology with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. For over 25 years, Dr. Bongar maintained a small practice specializing in psychothera...

Presented By

Peter Goldblum, PhD

Peter Goldblum, Ph.D., MPH, Co-Director of CLEAR, is a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University. He received his Ph.D. from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now PAU), his MPH from UC Berkeley School of Public Health, his MA in Psychology and Teaching from Teachers College-Columbia, and ...

Presented By

Joyce Chu, PhD

Dr. Joyce Chu, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Palo Alto University. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in psychology at Stanford University, her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Chu co-l...

Presented By

Christopher Weaver, PhD

Dr. Christopher Weaver is an Associate Professor at Palo Alto University and Director of PAU’s Forensic Psychology Program. Dr. Weaver received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville and has held research and clinical positions (pre- and postdoctoral) at the University of...


1. Introduction

2. Standards of Care

3. Firearm Access

4. Brainstorm

5. Forensic Violence Risk

6. Practice Vignette

7. Cultural Competency

8. Gender and Sexual Minority Clients

9. Inquiry and Management

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