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Upcoming Specialty Practice Sections Webinars

Suicide Among Senior Citizens: A Durkheimian Perspective

Thursday, January 30, 2020 (1 – 2:30 pm ET)

Presenter: Stephen M. Marson, Ph.D., ACSW

CE Category: 1.5 Clinical Social Work contact hour

The presentation addresses the application of Durkheim’s theory of suicide to the contemporary elderly population. Using Durkheim’s theory of suicide helps us look for signs of suicide potential among elderly clients and residents. However, it does much more. Once a practitioner has identified high suicide potential, Durkheim’s theory guides the practitioner to a particular type of intervention. For Durkheim, all suicide potentials are not the same. Each type of suicide potential requires a unique intervention strategy. Thus, once a practitioner uses Durkheim’s theory to identify suicide potential, the suicide category may be determined. When one identifies the type of suicide, the practitioners can provide the best intervention to address the social problems that are propelling the elderly person toward suicide. Durkheim discovered that the social environment is the springboard for many suicides. In particular, he uncovered four environments that create suicide potential. These social environments include fatalistic, anomic, egoistic, and altruistic.

Cost: SPS Members: Free / Non-SPS Members: $30 / Non-NASW Members: $40


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Study: "Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation's Health"

NASW is a sponsor of this National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Consensus Study.

This study is an important opportunity to promote and elevate the social work profession, and ensure that our nation’s health systems not only provide medical care, but attend to the many non-medical factors that contribute to health: transportation, housing, food insecurity, social supports, employment, and more.

Medical care contributes approximately 20% to health outcomes; many other factors, or "social determinants," contribute to the other 80%. Attending to these social determinants is what social workers have been doing for decades, resulting in improved health outcomes for millions of people. Social workers bring expertise in supporting individuals with complex medical and social needs to health care teams.

The study has been funded by a broad coalition of philanthropic foundations, social work organizations, and over 60 social work academic programs. Three social work experts serve on the Study Committee.

NASW is working in partnership with study sponsors and others to coordinate convenings and conference presentations at events around the country over the next year. We hope to see many of you at these events!

This consensus study will have many implications for social work practice, health care service delivery, workforce, research and more. We look forward to working with you to ensure that the findings and recommendations help shape the future of the profession and society in positive ways.

For more information, please contact Carrie Dorn at cdorn.nasw@socialworkers.org.



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