Session 8: Suicide Assessment, Documentation, and the Law
Suicide is one of the leading public health problems of our time. As mental health professionals, we are charged with the assessment and treatment of suicide without the capacity to meaningfully predict suicide. In many cases, we lack even a shared language to discuss suicide risk. The result is often missed treatment opportunities, failures in communication of risk, over taxing of limited resources, and concerns of litigation.
This symposium provides an approach to suicide risk assessment and documentation which is pragmatic, evidence based, and legally justifiable based upon a detailed application-based discussion of theories of suicide with the review of various suicide risk assessment inventories. This session also includes an interactive certification training in one of the gold standards in suicide risk assessment: The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS). The CSSRS is recognized as a best practice by the WHO, AMA, and was incorporated into the suicide section of the SCID and the CDC’s definitions of suicidal ideation and behavior. It is used by dozens of government agencies, both locally and nationally.
Thursday Overview and clinical/lifetime versions of the CSSRS; Suicidal ideation and behaviors; Non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors; Issues of lethality through discussion; Case examples
Friday Clinical decision-making; Pragmatic documentation; Theories of suicide; Evidence-based treatment for suicidality
This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.
(1) Identify the current state of suicide risk assessment and impediments to predicting suicide
(2) Apply theories of suicide, research, and risk assessment to improve legally sound documentation
(3) Create documentation which naturally flows toward evidence-based treatment of suicidality
(4) Receive certification in the CSSRS through discussion and case examples
Jeffrey Garbelman, PhD, is a psychologist at the Milwaukee VA, providing forensic opinions across a 12-state area involving veteran suicides and other causes of death. He is also the Milwaukee VA Police Psychological Consultant and co-directs the VA Centralized Assessment Unit. He is a consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, overseeing their Crisis Intervention Partners training program and is certified by the American Association of Suicidology in Psychological Autopsy providing consultation, training, and forensic services in areas of PTSD and suicide risk assessment, documentation, and the law.
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ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 8 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
APA Credit for Psychololgists:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Attendance at all sessions is required, partial credit will not be awarded.
This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
- 8.00 AAFPAAFP credit.
- 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 8.00 APAAPA credit.
- 8.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.
- 8.00 MOC Part IIMOC Part II credit.