Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention for a Diverse Population

Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention for a Diverse Population


10 Hours | 10 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced training program on Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention for a Diverse Population is presented by Drs. Joyce Chu, Bruce Bongar, Peter Goldblum and Chris Weaver.

Though almost all mental health professionals encounter suicide risk within their practices, formal training on suicide risk assessment and intervention is sparse. This training 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. Course 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 will 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 will 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 course utilizes didactic presentation infused with clinical discussion and case practice.

The fee for this program is $250 and includes all materials.

Intended Audience

This program is primarily intended for mental health or legal professionals. This course is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants should 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 assessment tools/approaches that advance culturally competent suicide practice with diverse populations
  • Describe a suicide risk case conceptualization and intervention plan
  • About Drs. Joyce Chu,Bruce Bongar, Peter Goldblum and Chris Weaver

    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-leads the Multicultural Suicide and Ethnic Minority Mental Health Research Groups at PAU, and is also Director of the Diversity and Community Mental Health (DCMH) emphasis which trains future psychologists to work with underserved populations in the public mental health sector. Under her leadership, the DCMH emphasis received awards for innovative practices in graduate education in psychology in 2011 by both the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs, and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. Dr. Chu also co-directs PAU’s Center for Excellence in Diversity, which was founded in 2010 by Dr. Stanley Sue. At PAU, she is an associated researcher with the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research Group.

    Dr. Chu’s work is focused around depression and suicide in ethnic minority adult and geriatric populations, particularly in Asian Americans. Her work is community-collaborative and aims to understand barriers to service use and develop culturally congruent outreach and service options for Asian Americans and other underserved communities. She has an interest in advancing the assessment and prevention of suicide for cultural minority populations, and has published a cultural theory and model of suicide with her collaborators Peter Goldblum and Bruce Bongar. As part of this work, she and her colleagues have developed a tool to assist clinicians in accounting for cultural influences on suicide risk. In 2012, Dr. Chu received the APA Division 12 Samuel M. Turner Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology. In 2013, she was awarded the AAPA Early Career Award from the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA).

    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 psychotherapy, consultation and supervision in working with the difficult and life-threatening patient.

    Past clinical appointments include service as a senior clinical psychologist with the Division of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and work as a clinical/community mental health psychologist on the psychiatric emergency team of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.Dr. Bongar is past president of the Section on Clinical Crises and Emergencies of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, a fellow of the Divisions of Clinical Psychology (Div 1 2), Psychology and the Law (Div 41), and Psychotherapy (Div 29) of the American Psychological Association, a fellow of the American Psychological Society and of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and a chartered psychologist of the British Psychological Society. Dr. Bongar has also been a winner of the Edwin Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for outstanding early career contributions to suicide research, and the Louis I. Dublin award for lifetime achievement in research on suicidology. In 2008, he was awarded the Florence Halpern award by the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association for distinguished contributions to the practice of clinical psychology. Since 2001, he has also become interested in the psychology of mass casualty events and suicide terrorism. From 2002-2005, he was the founding director of the National Center on Psychology of Terrorism. His research and published work reflects his long-standing interest in the wide-ranging complexities of therapeutic interventions with difficult patients in general, and in suicide and life-threatening behaviors in particular.

    Peter Goldblum, Ph.D., MPH, Co-Director of CLEAR, is 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 an Teaching from Teachers College-Coumbia, and his BA from the University of Texas, Austin. He was a founder and original Deputy Director of the UCSF AIDS Health Project and a visiting scholar and Director of the HIV Bereavement and Caregiver Study at Stanford. He is a pioneer in the development of community-based mental health programs for LGBTQ clients with over thirty-five years of experience serving this population in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has contributed to the professional literature related to gay men’s health, AIDS related suicide, end of life issues, HIV and work, and AIDS bereavement, including two highly acclaimed books: Strategies for Survival: A Gay Men’s Health Manual for the Age of AIDS (with Martin Delaney) and Working with AIDS Bereavement (with Sarah Erickson). Most recently his research has focused on suicide and bullying, and he is currently serving as senior editor to a book entitled Challenges of Suicide and Bullying, by Oxford University Press. In 2008 he received the NCSPP Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Committee Award for his contribution to professional psychology.

    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 California, San Francisco and Stanford University. He has published in the areas of psychopathy and violence risk assessment, and more recently in the areas of substance abuse and psychological trauma. His publications also include co-authored books in law & mental health and psychopathology. Dr. Weaver’s current research focuses on the role that trauma and substance use play in criminal offending, the assessment of dissimulation in PTSD assessment. He is also conducting a funded training and research program designed to increase police officer effectiveness in working with people with mental illness.

    This course is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn about Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention for a Diverse Population

    Participants learn about current gold standards for practice in suicide management
    – Framework
    – Guidelines
    – Practice

    Participants learn how to incorporate cultural considerations and manage suicide in diverse populations
    – Management
    – Strategies
    – Guidelines

    Continuing Education Credit

    This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 10 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

    Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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