CDP Presents: The Safety Planning Intervention for Reducing Suicide Risk - 20 Sept. via Adobe Connect

Greg Brown Suicide Prevention Webinar Title Screen

Originally presented 20 September 2017, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

This 90-minute webinar (60 minutes instruction, 30 minutes Q&A), was led by Gregory K. Brown, Ph.D., is sponsored in part by the Cohen Veterans Network. Although suicide risk assessments have become an established standard of care, brief interventions to address suicide risk in acute care settings are a recent development in evidence-based treatment of suicidal patients. The purpose of the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI: Stanley & Brown, 2012) is to assist individuals in decreasing suicide risk by consulting a pre-determined set of potential coping strategies and resources to use during a crisis.

The SPI is included in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry and has been adopted as standard of care within the Department of Veterans Affairs and other settings across the country. The SPI is a collaboratively-created plan and involves six steps: 1) recognizing warning signs; 2) identifying internal coping strategies; 3) identifying other people or social settings for distraction; 4) identifying individuals to ask for help; 5) identifying professionals and agencies for help; and 6) making the environment safe. Recent challenges and successes for implementing safety planning in practice care settings will also be discussed.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this 1.5 hour webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to collaboratively develop a Safety Plan
  • Describe strategies to facilitate use of the Safety Plan