Suicide Prevention Webinar Series

As part of CDP's spotlight on suicide prevention in the month of September, we will be presenting a series of hour and a half long webinars. Each of these free webinars will be led by guest presenters and will focus on an aspect of suicide or suicide prevention. We invite those interested to register for any or all of the events below. If you are unable to attend the live presention, we will be recording all of the presentations and will post them along with the associated handouts/slides to our website for on-demand viewing afterwards.

1.5 Continuing Education credits are available for each of the first two sessions. Final CE details are still being determined for the remaining two webinars. We will update the courses as the information is confirmed.


CDP Presents: Suicide Survivorship - Applying TAPS Best-Practice Model to Support Military Families, Veterans, and Clinicians via Zoom

6 September 2018, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

Description: Suicide loss is associated with increased risk for mood disorders, addiction, and the emergence of suicidal ideation in survivors. This training presents TAPS best-practice model of care for survivors of suicide loss, which has been refined over a decade of work with approximately 10,000 suicide loss survivors. Presenters will highlight the clinical value of the model, describe the 3 phases of the model, and map existing psychological theories to the model. Presenters will also bring the model to life by tracing the common themes and frequently-observed struggles of three categories of suicide loss survivors: surviving military family members, veterans who have lost battle buddies, and clinicians who have lost patients to suicide. This training has been specifically designed to offer very practical guidance in the form of questions that can be used by clinicians and peer support specialists who work with suicide loss survivors.


CDP Presents: Suicide Prevention for Veterans with Other Than Honorable Discharges Online via Zoom

13 September, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

Description: The aims of this program are to describe the unique population of Veterans with Other Than Honorable (OTH) discharge, and to identify suicide prevention efforts with this population of Veterans. This will be presented by a multi-disciplinary team that will consist of a psychiatric epidemiologist, a Veteran advocate who has testified on this issue, an attorney who specifically works with this population, and a clinical psychologist who specializes in suicide prevention efforts with Veterans. Presenters will lead participants through the dynamic journey of Veterans with OTH discharges from a data, legal, personal, and clinical perspective to enhance the understanding of the potential struggles with this population who has been found to be at heightened risk for suicide. Clinical strategies on how to work with Veterans with OTH discharges and their families will be explored.


CDP Presents: Achieving the Promise of Suicidality Interventions: What Do We Know and How Do We Use It? Online via Zoom

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

Description: Suicidal individuals often present the most challenging of clinical situations. Fear of their suicide or of being blamed or of being sued can lead clinicians to take steps that aren't in the best interests of the suicidal individual. This presentation will discuss many of the pitfalls of treatment with suicidal individuals, review evidence-based options, and provide clinical recommendations to maximize the success of both suicidal individuals and their clinicians.


CDP Presents: Lethal Means Safety Counseling to Reduce Suicide Risk Online via Zoom

27 September, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

Description: Reducing access to suicide methods that are highly lethal and commonly used is a proven strategy for decreasing suicide rates. While some suicidal crises last a long time, most last minutes to hours. Limiting access to lethal means during periods of crisis can make it more likley that the person will delay or survive a suicide attempt. This course will explain the importance of safely storing lethal means, how to discuss storage options and safety planning with a Veteran in crisis, and tangible options to facilitate lethal means safety such as firearm locking devices, medication disposal kits, and VA resources for both Veterans and their clinicians.