THIS MONTH'S TOPIC
Colleen Carpenter, MPH
"Learning a Common Language for Suicide Risk: C-SSRS"
In order to prevent suicide, we have to be able to appropriately identity and screen someone showing suicide warning signs. Many providers use warning signs to determine if a client is at risk of suicide - but the warning signs providers look for vary greatly. The questions providers use to determine suicide risk also varies greatly from provider to provider. The Stop Suicide Northeast Indiana coalition is working on developing a common language about suicide risk so we can improve our communities response to suicide and save lives. This presentation will introduce participants to the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), a 6-item standardized, evidence-based screening tool that is used all over the world and across the US. Having a standardized suicide screening tool removes individual interpretation, provides proper identification so that we accurately identify risk and make sound decisions about care, and this leads to better prediction of suicide risk which can can save lives.
1) Participants will understand the prevalence of suicide risk in both youth and adults
2) Participants will learn the importance of using a standardized, research-informed tool to determine suicide risk
3) Participants will walk through how to use the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale;
Training is sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Counselors. Mental health professionals can earn up to 11 Continuing Education (CE) Hours. FCC is an approved CE provider by IPLA. The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services licensing board has approved this organization to provide Category 1 CE's for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LCAC . However, licensees must judge the program's relevance to their professional practice.