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 CPI News Brief     Volume 9 Issue 4 * February 2020

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New Suicide Prevention Module is Now Available:
Engaging Families and Social Supports in Working with Suicidal Individuals

Question: Which statements below are FALSE?
  • Explicit guidelines for engaging families are not typically a feature of clinical training, specifically in regard to working with suicidal individuals
  • Families and other important people in an individual's life can be a source of support for the individual and clinician
  • The 3-month period following discharge from the hospital is a high-risk period for suicidal individuals, and family members can be especially helpful at this time
  • Suicidal individuals and clinicians working with them should give serious consideration to involvement of loved ones in care

Using videos, realistic vignettes, and interactive exercises, this module provides guidance to clinicians about engaging family members and others in the care of suicidal individuals.

As a result of completing this module, learners will be able to: 
  • Recognize best approaches to how clinicians working with suicidal individuals may go about engaging family and /or friends
  • Demonstrate ability to obtain consent in order to engage family and/or friends
  • Discuss how to best approach the family/friends and inquire about engagement
  • Summarize psychoeducation regarding suicidal risk and prevention
  • Identify best practices for tending to family stress while attending to the patient
  • Explain how loved ones can play a role in supporting the treatment of a suicidal family member
  • Utilize the Shared Decision-Making Approach for engaging family members in various treatment settings
Continuing education credits for completion of this module are available to physicians, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and CASACs. 
To access this module:
  • Log into the Learning Community using your username and password at: https://rfmh.csod.com/client/rfmh/default.aspx
  • Click on "Suicide Prevention"
  • Click on "Start an online module"
  • Click on "Engaging Families and Social Supports in Working with Suicidal Individuals"
  • Click on "Evaluate Behavior" to take the Pre-Test. Once complete, Submit Final Answers
  • Click on "Launch"
This is one of a series of online training modules focusing on suicide prevention that are available to you in the CPI Learning Community, with additional modules now under development.  Current titles include:
  • Means Reduction Counseling for Suicidal Individuals
  • Optimizing Clinical Care of Suicidal Individuals
  • Suicide Prevention for Healthcare Workers
  • Structured Follow-up and Monitoring
  • Comprehensive Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Safety Planning Intervention for Suicide Prevention, and 
  • Assessment of Suicidal Risk Using C-SSRS
For more information about CPI's Suicide Prevention-Training, Implementation and Evaluation program (SP-TIE), under the direction of Barbara Stanley, Ph.D., please click here: