CDP Presents: Means Restriction and Talking to Suicidal Veterans About Firearms - 3 Oct. via Adobe Connect
CDP Presents: Means Restriction and Talking to Suicidal Veterans About Firearms - Online via Adobe Connect
3 October 2017, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
This 90-minute webinar (60 minutes instruction, 30 minutes Q&A), led by Craig Bryan, Psy.D., is sponsored in part by the Cohen Veterans Network. Means safety counseling, also referred to as means restriction counseling, entails assessing whether an individual at risk for suicide has access to a firearm or other lethal means for suicide, and working with the individual and their support system to limit their access to these means until suicide risk has declined.
Of the many interventions and strategies developed to prevent suicide, means restriction has garnered the most empirical support and is one of the only intervention that has consistently led to reductions in suicide across diverse samples and populations. Although means safety has long been considered an important component of clinical work with suicidal patients, clear guidance and recommendations for discussing means safety with patients has only recently emerged. This presentation will provide an overview of means safety counseling with acutely suicidal patients and provide practical suggestions and tips for navigating conversations about safety with high-risk patients.
At the conclusion of this 1.5 hour webinar, participants will be able to:
- Evaluate the key assumptions that underlie means safety counseling
- Determine strategies for talking about means safety with high-risk patients