Prevention and Intervention with Suicidal Youth: Schools, Hospitals, and Outpatient Settings
Thursday, November 14, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Credit Hours: 1 CEU(s)
• Kimberly McManama-O'Brien, PhD, LCSW
• Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW
• Roxana Torrico Meruvia,MSW
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth, and as many as one in five youth report having had at least one serious thought of suicide in the past year. Social work with suicidal youth can be stressful, time consuming, and potentially litigious. Helping a youth move from wanting to die to wanting to live can also be one of the most rewarding professional experiences a social worker can have. Only in the past decade has an evidence base emerged to support the use of specific suicide prevention and intervention programs to reduce suicide risk in youth. Given that social workers are employed in multiple settings where suicidal children and adolescents are encountered (e.g. schools, homeless shelters, emergency departments, outpatient mental health agencies, private practice), they play a critical role in the identification and treatment of suicidal youth. The purpose of this webinar is to identify and describe empirically supported practices for school-based prevention programs and for hospital and outpatient interventions with suicidal youth and their families.