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3-5-21 NJPA Live Webinar: Identification, Triage, and Intervention Using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale and Safety Planning Intervention
Friday, March 05, 2021, 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM EST
Category: NJPA Programs

Identification, Triage, and Intervention Using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale and Safety Planning Intervention
Friday, March 5, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:15 AM Program; 15 min. Q&A
2 Continuing Education Credits

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Adam M. Lesser, MSW, LCSW
The Columbia Lighthouse Project (Center for Suicide Risk Assessment) New York State Psychiatric Institute
Columbia University Medical Center, Deputy Director

The C-SSRS and Safety Planning Intervention are now widely recognized as a gold-standard, innovative suicide risk screening tool and brief intervention. Due to its demonstrated ability to identify high risk individuals and guidance for next steps the C-SSRS positively impacts service utilization through decreasing unnecessary interventions, redirecting scarce resources, and expediting care delivery to those at highest risk. This workshop will review the C-SSRS and its administration, covering its items indicating increased risk. Participants will learn how to administer the full and screening versions of the tool, how to customize the tool and how to interpret results.  Population-specific editions will be reviewed (pediatric, military, etc.).  System-wide implementation across multiple settings will be discussed.  At completion, participants will be able to administer the C-SSRS and Safety Plan Intervention and will receive a certificate of learning.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the epidemiology of worldwide, national and local suicide.
  2. Discuss common myths about suicide prevention.
  3. Explain how preventative screening models and brief interventions can be used to identify and support at-risk individuals and establish care plans that allocate resources effectively.
  4. Describe the evidence base and how utilizing a systemic best practice measurement, the C-SSRS, to identify suicidal ideation and behavior results in improved safety monitoring, identification, and precision.
  5. Administer the C-SSRS full and screener scales and identify other tools in the C-SSRS toolkit.
  6. Demonstrate how the C-SSRS impacts care through operationalized criteria for next steps which in turn streamlines triage, redirects scarce resources, and facilitates care delivery to those at highest risk.
  7. Define and explain the purpose of brief interventions for suicide.
  8. Create a safety plan with a client at risk for suicide.
  9. Explain the scientific evidence supporting the C-SSRS and Safety Plan Intervention
Program Sophistication: Introductory – No prior knowledge of the specific topic is required.
Identification of Target Audience:  Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Educators, Mental Health Counselors, Therapists, Students
Program Cost:
NJPA Member: $40                              
NJPA Sustaining Member: $34               
NJPA ECP Member: $30             
NJPA Student Member:  $20                
Non-NJPA Member: $80      
Registration Policies:
No Refunds will be granted for past March 1, 2021.  Registration ends March 4, 2021.
ADA accommodations available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Presenters do not have commercial support and/or conflict for interest for this program; they will not personally benefit from program. Presenter is an employee of Columbia University, the sponsor of the C-SSRS Scale, the Scale is free and available to anyone interested.
NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


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